Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sprite and Airplanes

I realized today when someone brought me a boxed lunch from the cafeteria, along with some Sprite, that I don't think I've had pop this whole semester. Or at least I can't remember when I had it!

What's funny is that when I was younger, pop was the "thing" on visits to the States. Rootbeer and Dr. Pepper and other special drinks that could only be found in the States were fun treats as we visited for a few weeks. And now that I'm living here, I don't even think about them.

I took the first sip of my Sprite (which was actually a normal pop in Czech...we used to drink it when we were sick), and a phrase instantly came to mind...

"You know you're a missionary kid if..."

...Sprite with ice reminds you of airplanes.

In Czech it's not always normal to have ice in drinks. They might serve your drink with ice at a restaurant, but otherwise, hardly ever. I thought this was normal for a long time, even though we visited the States every few years. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I realized ice was a necessity in the States.

And yet, somehow, ice in drinks makes me think more of airplanes than of visiting the U.S. Why? Maybe it's because I always asked for Sprite on planes. Or because they fill the cup mostly with ice and top it off with a little pop. Or maybe the memory just stuck in my mind more because flying was always exciting to me.

All the same, it was a sweet surprise (no pun intended) to find ice in my Sprite today and be reminded of airplanes, traveling and childhood.

Thank you for your prayers!! My fever broke last night and it hasn't come back. I still have a cough and am recovering (being sick takes a toll, doesn't it?), but things are so much better even from yesterday. I'm continuing to rest today, as well as working away at studying for finals... albeit in bed. 


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