Mommy’s Water


Roller hockey season is starting up again . . .

I don’t know why but I was thinking about one of the moms from last year’s team — she brought bottles of water to the tournaments, some filled with actual water for her kid, and some filled with vodka for herself.

To the untrained eye, they looked identical. I think she may have filled the vodka bottles to a little less than capacity so she could tell them apart. More than once I heard her saying, “Not that one, honey. That’s Mommy’s water.”

  3 comments for “Mommy’s Water

  1. MS
    1 Oct 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Even to the trained eye, I suspect they would look identical, and assuming she was drinking her bottle during the course of the day, the capacity would of course change, as would her kid’s bottle as he drank, so that would not be a good way to tell them apart. Think about it for a second…if you were the one sneaking vodka in there, you’d pay damn close attention to which one was yours wouldn’t you? I sure as hell would.

    I actually knew someone who did this regularly. If someone was accidentally about to pick up her “water”, she was very quick to let them know that it was either “Mommy’s water” or “Vodka, you know…”, depending on to whom she was speaking.

    This came in very handy at Jack’s Third Show last weekend. Captain Morgan makes a silver spiced rum that fills a large water bottle nicely. $5 rum and cokes vs $10-$13 beers at a 7 hour festival show? It’s a sound economic decision. But I digress…

  2. PE
    1 Oct 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hi MS –

    I didn’t explain that very well. At a hockey tournament, a kid will take a bottle of water on the rink for each game and drink the whole thing. So you’d just need to make sure the kid picked up a full bottle before each game.

  3. MS
    6 Jan 2009 at 11:43 pm

    The someone I knew who did this regularly died this morning from health issues related to alcoholism. She was in her late 30’s and leaves behind three kids, aged 7-13. Apparently the footnote of “may cause health problems” in the warnings on bottles of alcohol means something after all. So sad. R.I.P. Maggie…

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