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When Soda Was a Treat

October 11th, 2007 at 01:00 am

When I was a child, a can of soda pop was something we enjoyed on special occasions, maybe on the 4th of July or our birthdays. It was a treat. I was at dinner the other night at a friend's house and was surprised by the behavior of her children when they asked for a certain kind of soda and their mom didn't have it for them. They acted like she was starving them. We've come a long way from the days when soda was a treat, and an even longer way from the Great Depression. Post Depression-era parents didn't want their kids to go without the way they had, so they taught their children to hold their hands out in expectation. This is where I think most of our money problems stem from today...a lack of respect torwards money. Today's generation, instead of fearingthat it will not have anything (like Depression-era people), fears that it will not have EVERYTHING...including the exact type of soda they demand. People can so easily get along with so very little, but don't know it in today's consumeristic society.

8 Responses to “When Soda Was a Treat”

  1. baselle Says:

    Yes, and even the size of the soda indicated its "treatness". 6 oz. I remember when the sizes rose to 8 oz, then 12. Now you can get a couple of quarts in a glass. Blegh!

  2. denisentexas Says:

    My mom used to get a six pack of soft drinks. Dad got two, she got one, and my sisters and I got one each. That was for a week or often two weeks. There was none of this drinking the stuff all day, every day. But don't get me started on kids now.. no really, don't. Wink

  3. Carolina Bound Says:

    I grew up getting sodas only for a treat. When I got married, I realized that my husband was raised drinking soda at every meal, with plenty more in between. They kept cases on hand, and a second fridge loaded with them. It was quite a culture shock!

  4. Stein Says:

    I drank more than plenty growing up, but now it is maybe one can a month at someone else's house. It isn't good for us, it is more expensive than water and if it is around, I drink it. So, we don't buy it.

  5. princessperky Says:

    Soda is still a treat here..so much so, that I can't recall the last time I or my kids had one...I think it is better that way.....

    And I agree, parents who had to want for so much are actually denying their kids some of the best parts of 'wanting'..it is good to have treats, but if you have them everyday they are no longer treats...kindof like the smiling hill farm rigamarole over bread...could you imagine craving bread? They had no cornmeal..and the corn wasn't tall enough to harvest for a month...not that I recommend depriving kids of bread..but that when you are without it becomes so much more precious to have...I think some things should be kept in a 'treat perspective' and others..well the occasional 'fast' should be good enough to know why we like em.

  6. fern Says:

    I never drank soda until I was 16 and moved in with my best friend's family for a year. They were big soda drinkers; i'd been raised to drink milk mostly.

  7. Aleta Says:

    stein: I don't know about sodas being more expensive than water. When I go to a restaurant, I'm shocked at the price of a bottle of water. Imagine if you get Pelligrino?

    If there's so many health issues today, I'd say that
    Soda is at the top as a cause. We have water when we go out to dinner. I drink soda's once in a great while, but not constantly. This one Doctor/Nutritionist says that if you eat 90% healthy, that you can eat 10% of a not so healthy food. Our bodies were meant to break down even poisons but I think that our bodies are so overly toxic that it doesn't perform the function that it should.

  8. jodi Says:

    My kids are 2 and 4 - they have not had soda, except on the rare occasion that there's soda in punch at parties. Somehow, my older son has it in his head that soda is "yucky", so he doesn't even want to try it. I hope this holds out a LONG time...Smile I know soon they'll be going to parties and the like where they will probably discover they like it, but I'm holding out as long as I can. Even if they do start to drink it, it will NEVER be a daily (maybe not even weekly) occurence in this house.

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