You probably have a place in your neighborhood where you like to go—maybe it’s a favorite restaurant, bar, or coffee shop. For us, in the Highlands, it’s an ice cream shop called Sweet Cow.


We’ve been going to Sweet Cow pretty regularly since it opened four years ago. We’ve become friendly with the owner, Ross, and a lot of Regis kids work there. You can always count on running into neighborhood friends there as well so it’s become a favorite stop of ours while we are walking around the neighborhood. Oh, and the ice cream is delicious.

Yesterday, the kids and I walked down to Sweet Cow to say goodbye to Ross—we hadn’t seen him for some time because he’s been opening up a new store, so we contacted him and agreed to meet up before we left on our trip. I forgot to take a photo of Ross and the kids, so I just took this from the Sweet Cow site:


(Ross if you don’t like this photo–send me another!)

Ross started telling my kids silly jokes. The kids particularly liked this one:

How do you catch a unique rabbit?

Unique up on him.

How do you catch a tame rabbit?”

The tame way, you unique up on him!

My son, who loves wordplay found this amusing.

We fell into an easy conversation. My daughter informed Ross that she plans on opening a Sweet Cow in Manhattan when she enrolls at the Pratt Institute where she will launch a new line of Sweet Cow clothing that will include pants and shoes. This was news to me. We started talking about all the places we are traveling to—the kids volleyed names of countries we will be visiting, and Ross, who is well traveled, told us to go to a baseball game and Japan and he had some other good travel advices as well.

Before we left, Ross told the kids to pick out a Sweet Cow t-shirt or hat—they chose the hats and my daughter has not taken hers off since then.


As we were leaving, he looked at the kids and said, “Here’s the best bit of advice I can give you, though: wherever you are and whatever you do, be nice to people.” He paused and asked, “Do you know why?” My son, ever the utilitarian, replied, “So they are nice back to you!” Ross gently shook his head and said, “Yeah, maybe, but really, it’s just the right thing to do, and if you are nice to other people, they’ll be nice to other people and people will be happier.”

It’s good advice from a good person.

We will miss Ross and all the good folks at Sweet Cow and while we will look high and low, I doubt that we’ll find a better ice cream shop anywhere in the world.








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