I am learning to love drinking water. Oh I know, what a cliche, water is good for you, blah blah.
I am a soft drink person. Honestly my favorite is strawberry Kool-Aid but I also like sweet tea and Diet Coke. Not to mention coffee, lots and lots of coffee.
While these things are tasty, they don’t really resolve the issue of thirst. I can drink a soda and still feel thirsty. I have had a glass water with my coffee. Sometimes water is the only thing that actually quenches my thirst.
I like my water cold, and I mean cold. My favorite water is melted ice, that’s how cold I like it. Some people like it room temperature or even warm but for me it should be frigid.
Even as I write this, my trusty water cup is next to me. I have this wonderful travel cup, designed for coffee, that keeps my drink so cold sometimes there’s still ice in it the next morning. Yep, a 95th anniversary State Farm travel cup. It was even a gimme, and it does the job perfectly.
What got me into water? Well it started when I moved to Texas. The heat in the summer just takes it out of me. Water puts it back. I want to be clear that I mean the heat. Natives complain about the humidity but it’s not that bad. I come from a place where in the summer it can get to 95 degrees with 90% humidity. There’s so much water in the air that you feel like you can’t breathe. You sweat and there’s so much humidity that it doesn’t evaporate, your clothes just stick to you. Texas is not humid like that, but it IS hot.
Then several years ago I worked a Renaissance fair in the late spring. In Texas, that’s still in the 90’s. At a ren fair, everything is outdoors, there is no air conditioning. You do get used to the heat. One of the unspoken rules is, you should drink enough water to need to pee about every hour. I have a problem with retaining water so I drank like a camel and seldom needed the privvy. People worried that I wasn’t hydrated enough.
Now I just carry water with me wherever I go. It’s cheap because I drink tap water. Finding ice is the hard part. I can go to QT and get a huge styrofoam cup of ice and water for 28 cents. Can’t buy bottled water for that little!
In conclusion I want to say, I don’t drink water for health reasons, although there are many health reasons for drinking water. I drink it because these days, I like it.