I was out last night as I usually am, doing a review and having fun, and something particular happened to me. I was in a restaurant that was just trying to get started as a local eatery so the menu was a little different. I knew I needed to order a drink first so I immediately looked for their products. As I browsed through the usual soda choices, I found something special. A rose among the thorns you might say. The menu read “fruit punch.” How exciting to find something different than the standard sugary drinks I am used to.
The waitress came by to get my drink order. She couldn’t have been friendlier. I asked her what kind of fruit punch she had to serve. At that moment a look came over her. A look that I have seen many times before when I order fruit punch. Could it be that I, a thirty year old man, sits before her in interest of fruit punch? The answer I received: it’s red. I told her I didn’t care what kind it was, just bring it to me. It was great!
I don’t know why I always get this very same response when I order fruit punch. I love the taste. It is so much different from the normal drink. Fruit punch has received a stigma that it is only for children. How can I eat what I want when I am so afraid of the reaction I will get from ordering differently? I believe we have trained ourselves to label food and drink with words like “Happy Meal” and “Children’s Menu.” Also companies with advertising aren’t helping with this issue. When is the last time you saw a serious commercial for fruit punch? All we see is a cartoon Hawaiian man or children holding a pouch and smiling.
I am ready to eat what I want. I take a stand every time I dine out because I do order differently, as you know. Furthermore, I ordered a drink today that had orange juice, Sprite, lemonade, and grenadine. I was almost applauded by the waitress for ordering this drink. However, if they had named it fruit punch, I believe the reaction would have been much different.
In closing, I want you to think about why we still eat and drink things we are unsatisfied with. I ordered the fruit punch, but the reaction of the people around me made me wish I would have ordered something normal. I suggest we all take action to change this food culture and eat what you want. Let taste buds rule. Overcome the looks and comments and order that kid’s meal. You will pay half the price and get the portion you wanted. Get your burger plain. It’s not weird if you just want to taste the juicy meat and melted cheese for what it is. Finally, get the fruit punch. Children like it because it’s delicious. There is no reason why you shouldn’t have something delicious in your adult life too!