Since today is not only Christmas, but a Throwback Thursday, here's a photo from 1972, of me absolutely freaking out on Christmas because we got ice cream — a rare treat.

It's not just the facial expression of insane joy that gets me, but the hands clutching the table as if I am afraid of falling off the earth…I was going bananas!

This is the girl who would grow up to become a woman who went to Rome to eat gelato for breakfast, as a means of self-healing.

It all adds up.

I send you all joy and love and heartfelt good wishes today. God bless you all! May you have ice cream and may you know peace.


via Elizabeth Gilbert’s Facebook Wall