Kegerator for Kids

Water is a big deal for me. The lack of clean water in the world is of crisis proportions in some locales such as parts of Africa. I can’t get it off of my mind. It seemed so mundane, therefore, when my kids complained about how boring our tap water is. I don’t let them drink bottled water, not just because of the expense, but because of my conservation philosophy. If you have read my past blogs, you already know this. Today, I want to share a cute story related to water in a different vein.

Okay, so our tap water is boring even though I have a kitchen faucet filtering system. They are too used to sodas and other flavored drinks. Water, however, must be imbibed in its pure state to ensure good health—at any age. I got the message and bought some fruit powder so they could spice things up. They found it either too tart or too sugary. You can’t win sometimes with kids. You know the deal. I expected compliance with my usual demand that they drink six glasses of the plain tap stuff a day. I keep it cold in the fridge in a nice covered container. So their friends don’t mock them, they fill plastic bottles. Let’s give a shout out for recycling!

One day, I heard my husband complain that his mini kegerator was missing. It looked like these ones, he said: He used to keep home brew in it given to him by his enterprising beer-drinking friend, Al. I asked him if it were stored in the basement, shed or garage and got a resounding “no.” I asked him if he had loaned it to Al so that he could fill it another time when he had something new to offer for a taste test. Absolute not, he answered. It was a mystery for a time. But not for long. We queried the kids who had guilty faces. It took them time to confess.

Although my husband and I were peeved, the story ends on a happy note. Our clever offspring had borrowed the mini kegerator so they could dispense seltzer water in lieu of fruit powdered fluff. “This is the real thing,” they barked in unison. “This is how they do it in Europe.” I had to laugh. It took some gumption to steal the kegerator and imagination to use it for water. Of course, I would allow it and the old unit was now theirs. I like to see creativity in kids so I was not about to get angry, nor was my accepting husband. It was a fun family event.

Friends of my children love to come over and try the novelty seltzer water, even those who drink bottled most of the time. It spread like wildfire in their group. Now everyone on the block wanted a mini kegerator. I got some irate calls from their parents. As a family, we had started a new fad.