A few weeks ago, while I was in Tampa, I was without a car for the day and I decided to take the 15 minute walk to a grocery store near our condominium. It was a hot day, so at the checkout lines I searched for a nice, cold bottle of water to quench my thirst. It's a somewhat small store, really an upscale branch of a large chain, and I saw only one cooler. Inside, my choices consisted of different types of vitamin or flavored water or imported Evian.
I don't know about you, but when I'm thirsty, I want water in my water. So, I grabbed the bottle of Evian and was whisked through the checkout line. I knew I was going to be in trouble by buying that bottle. My husband detests bottled water. I'm actually on board with him on this one because it really is a tremendous waste of resources. Plus, if you know anything about bottled water, you know that it's no better than tap water and often IS tap water. Just plain tap water that has been filtered, something you can do in your own home. I worked in the bottled water industry when I was a young woman, before it became so popular, so I've been aware of this fact for many years and never got too caught up in the craze.
When hubby got home that night, he immediately spied the bottle and wanted to know why on earth I bought not just bottled water, but imported water. I almost told him I bought it because I thought it would impress people, but thought better of it, so I told him the truth. I was out and about, and got thirsty.
Bottled water does sometimes have a function, such as when you're caught away from home without a reusable cup or bottle. Although I suppose I could just used the drinking fountain; that's what we all did when we were growing up. But I did justify this purchase by saying it was a very nice bottle, with a handy fliptop cap, and that I would be reusing it. (Now I don't want to get into the whole debate about plastics, food, and health. I'll save that for another potential post.) I had the idea that this bottle would accompany me around town, to the gym and yoga class, and on errands. Unfortunately, my fliptop broke and the bottle is useless. Now I realize how silly my purchase really was.