We started the car which had been left outside over night, and although we were going to have a 33 degree day, there had been a heavy dew. I turned on the windscreen wipers and it looked as if someone had thrown a bucket of water at the car. Amazed at the quantity, I remarked as much to Doug. “Well! At least you did not have to break the Ice.” He chuckled, “I remember the morning Uncle Ted did just that.”
It was March 1951, Doug’s Cousin Joe and Uncle Ted (Joe’s dad) picked Doug up in Maryborough on the Monday morning and took him to work with them trapping rabbits. He was 15 years old. By Wednesday they were camping overnight beside a dam near Glenloth East, in Northern Victoria. They were only a few miles from their cousins Vic and Dot who lived in a homestead nearby. Camping consisted of bunking down in the back of small Chevrolet Truck and washing in the nearest water supply. On the Thursday morning they woke to unseasonably cold temperatures. When they went to wash their faces the surface of the dam was frozen. The drinking water they carried was too precious to wash in so. Uncle Ted said, “Looks like we will have to ‘break the ice’ this morning.” With that he clenched his fist and gave the surface of the dam a thump.
My Girlfriend, Gloria, lives in Sulky, not far from Ballarat and as their water supply is from rain-water tanks when the temp gets below zero the water freezes in the pipes. So one can still have problems with ice, even in 2015, To me, ‘breaking the Ice’ has only been used as an idiom. (When I blogged about idioms and terms relating to weather on January 14th I completely missed this one.) When relationships have been strained or circumstances have become difficult it seems that often it falls to me to ‘Break the Ice’.
When Adam and Eve broke their personal relationship with God in the Garden of Eden, He, God, being all- knowing had already put in place a way to ‘Break the Ice’. Adam was a perfect man, but he used his free will to give in to temptation. So God sent another perfect man, Jesus, who also suffered extreme temptation, but resisted. He kept His link with God and re-established it for us, Adams descendants. Now that’s what I call an ‘Ice Breaker’.
Doug at 15, before he decided the ‘Army’ was not for him (Ice Creams page 212)