The poem that spawned this painting involves the entire family and speaks of the reward of churned ice cream after working hard picking fruit in the garden. I added the cats and the dog as I could not imagine this scene without the ever present, always hungry pets.

It is hard to overstate the importance of food in Mennonite culture. Treats such as ice cream constitute both sustenance and reward. Hard work makes for a good appetite.

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