Not the kinds that comes in the squeeze bottles, but the kind in the little packets that you have to mix with sugar and water.
Up to this point in their life my kids drink water, juice mixed with water and for special occasions soda without caffeine. I had a packet of Kool-Aid in the cupboard, but never used it. Until two weeks ago. Dad decided to share the joy of this drink with is children. The flavor was Blue Raspberry Lemonade. The mix was white but turned blue when mixed with water. Of course the kids thought that was amazing.
After watching Dad, Lizzie has the steps memorized.
1. Put some water in the bottom of the container
2. Add the mix (one of the kids does this)
3. Add the sugar (one of the kids does this step also)
4. Add water
5. Put the lid on the bottle and shake
6. Taste it to make sure it is ok
7. Give the kids a taste to make sure it is ok
This caused my husband and I to reminisce about our Kool-Aid experiences. We both remember our parents not allowing us to put in the full one cup of sugar. We have become those parents also and only put in about half of what is suggested. We even went to the internet to search for Kool-Aid commercials after I told him my cousin was in a Kool-Aid commercial when we were kids. There was also discussion on how much Kool-Aid cost. It was 5¢ a pack in the 1950’s. Now it is only 20¢ a pack.
Everyone already has their favorite flavors. Dad likes the lemon-lime. Lizzie the blue raspberry lemonade. Evelyn likes them all and will name them, changing the order almost every time. Mom likes watermelon. Will seems to like the lemon-lime, but likes to look at the black drink (grape). Casey likes to screech and point at the bottle and until you make him say please and then put some in his cup.
When summer comes, the girls will be trained on making it by themselves. Until then they will be surprised by what color is in the fridge and continue to ask for more. I will continue to answer “If you are thirsty go drink some water, you can have Kool-Aid with dinner!”