Tuesday, 17 June 2008
by Mama KoalaCoca-Cola, that is . I was drinking some Diet Coke to wash down my greasy dinner, when I had a flashback into my childhood. Once every couple of weeks, my parents used to bring home a bucket of KFC, and we'd have chicken night so that my mom could get a break from cooking a full meal. My dad loved having a glass of Coke during chicken night, and of course, I would ask for some as well. When I was in 4th grade (or 5th?), my parents told me something that scared me and put an end to my Coke-drinking days (I only recently started drinking Coke products again because that's what my husband enjoys).
So here's the big fat lie I was told: "If you drink a lot of Coke, you'll get more dots on your face." Okay, I know that sounds pretty silly, but I had several birthmarks, and a bunch of little dots on my cheeks (you couldn't really see them unless you were looking, but I knew they were there). My dad has his share of dots on his face too, and that was proof enough at the time that Coke = dots!
From that day on, I drank Sprite whenever I did have soda. I was naive enough to think that dark soda meant that I would get dark spots on my skin, and that clear soda was OBVIOUSLY the better choice. I never asked my parents why they wanted me to stay away from Coke, but my best guess is that they didn't think a little kid should have that much caffeine. My first semester of college, I drank Sprite with every meal because of that darn fountain drink machine in the dining hall. I had to go to the dentist every week for a month to fill 4 cavities and get a crown done... and after that month, you better believe I cut down on ALL types of soda.
I have to give credit to my parents for one of the best lies ever told. It was a moment of sheer genius, and I never put up a fight about drinking Coke after that. But is a lie ever worth it? What do you think? And do you ever make up "truth" to convince your kids that mommy knows best?