It’s funny how sometimes some of the best memories aren’t planned at all.
At a family reunion, I was trying to choose a drink for my son from some limited choices: water, unsweet tea, sweet tea, and strawberry lemonade. “Mmmmmmmm. Strawberry lemonade,” I thought. I didn’t want to get it for myself because of the sugar, but if I got some for my son, then I could have one drink . . .
I took a drink, and it was really tasty. (Pause 1 second, 2 seconds, 3 seconds, and . . .) Whoa! There was a sour aftertaste that really had some pucker power. Now, let the fun begin.
I got my daughter, brother-in-law, and niece to try it. They agreed – it had quite a kick. My son, who would prefer all of his food have either the words McDonald’s or Pizza Hut in their title, finally agreed to try some. Yes, very sour and fun. But he thought he’d pass. Instead, he wanted sweet tea.
I got a glass of the sweet tea, took a taste, and . . . WOW! WAY too much sugar.
So then we had a new game – take a drink of the lemonade, hold it in your mouth for ten seconds, swallow, then quickly taste the sweet tea.
The taste was terrible. And the looks on the faces of everyone who took part were telling, as the series of photos shows.
We all found it funny to see everyone’s expression to endure the extreme tastes. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.
Family reunions are a great time to see people for the first time in years and for reliving old memories. But on this day, we created some of our own.