This past Rosh Hashanah in September, I asked my best friend, Erin, what she planned to bring to her mom’s house. “I’m stopping at McDonald’s for the ice,” she said matter-of-factly, as if picking up “the ice” from a hamburger franchise was as much a tradition as matzo ball soup. “You go to McDonald’s for ice?” I questioned.
“Yeah, my mom sends me. OK, gotta go.”
The conversation left me…shocked. For one, I had never heard of this McDonald’s ice tradition in all the 20-plus years we’ve been friends. And two, she acted as if stopping at Mickey D’s for some ice on the High Holidays was something everyone does. Even the way she used “the” (as in the ice) implied this was of critical importance.
Many phone calls, an adopted dog and several months later, the McDonald’s ice thing still kept me up at night. Is this something other people do? Is McDonald’s ice that much better? Can you just, like, order it at the drive-through? Do they have it bagged and ready to go? Do they laugh when you say “One bag of ice, please!”? So many questions…