Overall, I was a pretty sensible teenager, and there aren’t a lot of things I roll my eyes about when I think back on my adolescence. However, the other day I saw a television commercial to which I would have reacted very differently 20 years ago.
The ad: Here’s a new soda pop! It is lavender! The flavor has a name that does not evoke any fruit or other food occuring in nature! No calories! Look at these excited, trendy people drinking it!
My reaction at 16: What a pretty color! I wonder what it tastes like? I guess I’ll try it sometime . . . but it’s diet. . . . Well, I bet Jenny would split one with me, and I’ll drink it with food. [Artificial sweeteners give me an unpleasant metabolic reaction.] Ooh, it’s purple!!
My reaction at 36: No calories, no nutrients . . . so it’s a bottle of nothing for $2?! No thanks! I’d rather drink lemonade and buy some more purple clothes at Goodwill.
Hmm, I guess I have matured!