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Conversations and Creations on the Patio

As the sun begins its descent, casting a golden hue over the Suzy's Swirl outdoor dining space, the air is filled with the joyous sounds of summer. It's a perfect evening to savor the extended hours of Lake Bluff’s frozen yogurt haven. The patio is a bustling microcosm of life, where laughter and chatter blend seamlessly with the tapping of plastic spoons against colorful frosty cups.

Over by the vibrant flowerbeds, a group of energetic kids are playing tag, their giggles and shouts punctuating the warm evening air. Between sprints, they dash to their table, wolfing down whimsical creations that mirror their boundless imaginations. One young adventurer opts for a swirl of tangy mango and creamy vanilla, topped with a rainbow of gummy bears and a sprinkle of popping candy. Another prefers a classic chocolate base, adorned with a mountain of marshmallows and chocolate chips, a sweet reward for their playful exploits.

At a cozy corner table, two young adults are on a nice little date, their eyes twinkling as they brainstorm a book through spoonfuls of yogurt. They’ve crafted their own romantic concoctions - one with a base of rich chocolate topped with crushed Reese’s, (This guy knows his yogurt!) an homage to their shared love of all things chocolatey. The other has chosen a refreshing blend of orange sorbet and Oreo yogurt, crowned with cookie dough bites and blue octagonal gummies, a perfectly nostalgic treat that perfectly complements the evening's ambiance.

Near the patio's edge, four gentlemen are engaged in a spirited game of bag-toss, (or cornhole, but I like to call it bag-toss or bag-o,) their friendly banter and competitive spirit adding to the lively atmosphere. Between turns, they indulge in their personalized yogurt masterpieces and tell stories about old times. One has gone for a bold mix of espresso and dark chocolate yogurt, topped with a crunchy layer of toffee bits and a sprinkle of crushed peanuts. Another has opted for a tropical escape with pineapple yogurt, pineapple chunks, and a dusting of white coconut flakes, a refreshing counterpoint to the evening's activities.

At the heart of the patio, a family is creating a precious memory with their elderly grandparents. The grandmother, her oxygen tank by her side, smiles broadly as they sit together, talking happily and savoring their frozen delights. Her cup is a classic blend of vanilla and chocolate, topped with strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream, a simple yet heartwarming treat. The grandchildren have crafted more adventurous creations, with swirls of blueberry and cheesecake yogurt, adorned with a medley of fresh fruits and a drizzle of caramel.

As the sun sets, casting a warm, golden glow over the patio, more people walk by and enter the store, drawn by the promise of cool, creamy indulgence. The patio at Suzy's Swirl is more than just a place to enjoy frozen yogurt; it's a vibrant community hub where memories are made, laughter is shared, and the simple pleasures of life are celebrated.

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

Jack Kerouac


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