What’s a Coke?

We don’t drink soda. There, I said it.

HT used to drink it like water, but several years ago he heard something about if you just give up soft drink, if you do that one thing, you will be taking a big step for your health. Something about 17 teaspoons of sugar in every can, etc. So he quit. He didn’t feel it was a big sacrifice. He didn’t miss it and never looked back.

So we’re at the in-laws last week. Over the years, they have resigned themselves to our various diets (Feingold, GF/CF, Specific Carb for Riley, now we’re doing all organic for Seth). They eye our food suspiciously, but don’t give us much trouble. It was all good, until Todd’s dad came upstairs and offered him a Coke.

“Do you want a Coke?” he asked.

Before Todd could answer Seth asked, 

“What’s a Coke?”  

Silence filled the air. Images of us on a back wood organic homeschooling commune surely ran through my FIL’s mind.

I could see the scene, for years to come, at family gatherings, they’d look at our kids, shake their heads and wring their hands, whispering to each other,

“The poor boy doesn’t even know what a Coke is!”

In our defense, if he had said “soda,” or “pop,” or “soft drink,” Seth probably would have known what he meant.

I’ve laughed myself silly over this several times in the last few days. 

I swear we never set out to be so counter-culture.

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13 Responses to What’s a Coke?

  1. jess wilson says:

    quick – call social services immediately!

  2. Christine says:

    Ha! That’s funny. My kids would have the same reaction. Funnier even is that my kids don’t know what a commercial is. We have a dvd player but they had never seen commercial tv until last month. They found it very annoying 🙂

  3. Niksmom says:

    LMAO! Nik only drinks water…sometimes with lemon juice. He doesn’t like juice and we dont’ drink soda, either. But he likes Mama’s coffee (only once, I swear!).

  4. Joy says:

    Thats AWESOME, I love it.

  5. Carrie Link says:

    You communist! There. I said it.

  6. Me says:

    You should be proud of yourself.

    I am sure as heck proud of myself. My four-year-old is the offspring of two Coke LOVERS and I so did not want that for him. Sometimes I feel one of my greatest accomplishments is when he is asked if he wants Coke and he answers, “No thank you. I don’t like soda.”

    I truly did not think that was possible.

  7. pixiemama says:

    My kids don’t know what Coke is either, and if you used the word soda, they would start convulsing much the way I would if you said liver & onions.

    The poor kids. What have we done to them?


  8. Stagmom says:

    My kids have never had soda either. Gianna will tell you, “Soda is JUNK!” LOL!

  9. amber says:

    Made me laugh!

    There could be worse things…


  10. drama mama says:

    I think you would fit in nicely here in SF.

    That’s all I’m sayin’.

  11. “What’s a Coke?” Love it! That one’s going to be told around Christmas dinner tables for decades to come!

  12. kario says:

    Amen, sister! My in-laws think we’re all nuts, too, with our GF diet, our children who would rather play a board game than watch TV and us evil parents who buy our children books and art supplies for Christmas instead of Nintendo DS. They just think we’re “anti-progress.”

    Go ahead, Carrie. We’re communists, too…

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