If your house is anything like our house, you have a cupboard in your kitchen full of water bottles – with every brand under the sun represented. But water bottles are having a moment right now and they are no longer meant to be strictly functional – they have become more of an accessory. Hallie got a Hydroflask for Christmas years ago and she carried that thing everywhere. It worked like a dream until she lost a tiny rubber piece off the spout which made it start leaking. After dealing with a leaking bottle for what seemed like forever, she finally bought a new lid/straw. Problem solved. Except the new lid had been revamped and didn’t fit her old bottle well and it continued to leak. I can’t count how many times she complained about her bottle leaking and I always had the same reply – then buy a new one. But they’re expensive. Then don’t complain.
This exact conversation took place for over a year.
And then right before school started this year, we were out shopping and she came across the perfect (in her eyes) Hydroflask. But it was expensive. She stewed over this decision for 20 minutes. I was done stewing and ready to move on to the rest of the stores and in that pressured moment she walked away from it, and I was surprised. We continued our shopping and as we were heading out of the mall she had complete regret about not getting her bottle. So we marched back across the mall and she snagged it up and she was so happy. She had put up with a leaking bottle for so long, she was so happy to have found such a cute accessory – with the perfect muted colors.
You’d think this was the end of the story. But what fun would that be?!
There very next day, Hallie and friend went to a service project helping kids shop for back to school clothing. And as luck would have it, all the kids received their own Hydroflasks. When all the kids had picked out their bottles, they realized they had so many leftover bottles they gave them to the volunteers helping. Hallie sent me a picture of her new hydroflask.
Of course the minute she walked in the door carrying her second brand new bottle I broke out in the only appropriate song for the situation, Alanis Morissette’s “Isn’t It Ironic?”
She went so long wishing for a new bottle and the day after she finally purchased one, she was gifted another. That’s just how life is sometimes.
Funny enough, she went to lunch with a friend, who went with another acquaintance and she accidentally left her bottle in the car they were riding in. She was afraid she was never going to see it again. But days later, her kind friend showed up to school with her bottle filled with ice water. And I got yet another picture text of her holding that bottle again.