continued Griffin is an interesting person. She enjoys creative writing, history and theater. One of her biggest accomplishments, she claims, was participating in National Novel Writing Month, when she had to write a 50,000-word story that dealt with real-world, teenage issues.
But she still, in teenage speak, keeps it real.
“It’s your typical story about a teen girl who gets pregnant,” she said. “That’s it.”
She calls herself an introvert, and she enjoys keeping to herself. While Giordano admits she doesn’t know Griffin on an ultra-personal level, she did comment on the future novelist.
“She’s a real sweety,” Giordano said while showing how to prepare Sno Top’s signature Trash Can, a plastic cup shaped like a receptacle, stuffed with ice cream, topped with peanut butter and chocolate syrup, then garnished with two eyes and a gummy worm to bring the creation to life. “She really enjoys being the first person here every year. It’s become a family tradition for her and her family.”
Griffin is heading out for an excursion in Ireland. She really enjoys showtunes and Celtic music, and cites Enter the Haggis as one of her favorite bands. She’s a go-getter by nature, and will tell you that herself if you ask. In addition to everything she does, Griffin also nonchalantly mentioned she obtained a black belt in karate a few years back.
“It’s a determination thing,” she said. “I’d like to continue being the first every year.”
When she heads off to college, she may be able to continue to be first every year since many spring breaks fall around St. Patrick’s Day.
“If I can’t get to be first every year, maybe I’ll pass the crown on to someone else who can keep the tradition alive,” Griffin said.
Sno Top is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the spring, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer.
Neil Benjamin Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.