The other day I overheard someone asking about getting a “cold drink,” and it actually stopped me in my tracks, remembering all the way back to my childhood and the days when my family used to say the same thing.
My dad never asked if we wanted to stop and get a soda or a pop or even a Coke. He always said, “cold drink,” and I suppose I thought that was what they were called. How many times have I heard the question, “You wanna stop and get a cold drink?”
Wondering if my family was the only one to use the term cold drink, I called Vickie Harvick. Sure enough, her family drank cold drinks also, and we chatted on about why the drinks of our childhood were called cold drinks.
After a lot of discussion, we both decided that maybe it was because of the way stores used to pack their sodas in ice. Remember when you could walk into a store (like Ned Stewart’s), raise the lid on the big red box, and reach into that icy cold water where you were welcome to fish around through the bottles until you found just the right brand?
Pulling out the cold, wet bottle and opening it right there on the side of the box was fun in itself, and there was no need to worry about the water that dripped onto the old wooden floor. I suppose no one ever slipped and broke anything back in those days!
Bringing my mind back into the present, I suddenly realized that buying a cold drink just isn’t the adventure it used to be, and I’m not sure that any of the ones I’ve bought lately qualify as a cold drink…cool drink, maybe, but certainly not a cold drink.
No, I definitely miss the glass bottles floating in the icy water of my childhood!