Baby Water Bottle · 21 September 2019

I have gotten a lot of grief over the past couple years about my baby water bottle. But it is not a baby water bottle.

I have this small Nalgene water bottle that I have used for the past few years. The first few times I took it to work people kept commenting on how small it was. And I suppose it is compared to those 32- to 64-ounce gargantuan bottles people lug their water around in. I cannot imagine carrying around 2 to 4 pounds of water in a metal or even plastic container. It might hurt my back. It would certainly stress my bladder.

Maybe that is why I have such a small bottle. I have a small bladder. (Which is a completely different story.)

Actually, I use the small water bottle because that is what they had back in the day. I am sure we got it back in the 1990s. You can barely see the 14-ounce mark anymore. But it is there. Which is what I point out to people who say I have a baby water bottle. It says 14 ounces on the top mark and the bottle can fit another 2 ounces on top of that. So there. Neener neener neener.

It is funny though. I like the size of my water bottle. It does not make me lean to one side when I carry it on my walk from the water fountain back to my room at school. And it hardly weighs anything when it is empty. (It is actually not empty but full of air, but that is a really really different story.) And truth be told, now that I have been using it for a few years, I almost miss the comments about how small the bottle is.

Which is why I had to write about it. The comment that is. Nobody really said it was a baby bottle at work. They just thought it was small and cute. But somebody else recently called it a baby bottle. Actually a baby water bottle. Which struck me as funny. After all, if it was really a baby bottle, it would only be 4 or 8 ounces. Which really would be tiny. I must admit though that it has been a long time since we had any of those in the house. (Babies or baby bottles.) But I cannot imagine myself carrying around a baby bottle to lug water in. That really would be embarrassing.

It would be equally entertaining to see a kid using my water bottle. After all, it has a wide mouth. The bottle that is. So any baby (or probably more correctly, any toddler) would have more water on his body than in his mouth if he tried to use my water bottle. Which goes to show that my water bottle certainly is not a baby water bottle.

Getting enough water is an important part of being healthy. And I am glad that I have a normal sized water bottle to carry my water in. Even if everybody else seems to think that my 16-ouncer is a baby water bottle.

© 2019 Michael T. Miyoshi

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