I drink a lot of water. It’s true. Just at home, I go through about 5 gallons of Poland Spring water a week. By chance the past few weeks, I’ve bumped into my 80-year-old Italian landlady Marie a bunch of times going up the three flights of stairs to my apartment carrying the gallons of water.
Yesterday, as I went up awkwardly carrying 3 gallons of water, Marie shook her head in amazement. “So much water. What are you a camel?”
“Huh?” I asked.
“Do you have stock in Poland Springs water or something?”
“No, Marie, I just like to drink a lot of water.”
She put her arm around me, “Listen, you keep going up the stairs with all those heavy waters, I’m afraid something bad is going to happen to you.”
I admit, I got a little defensive and said, “Hey Marie, I’ll be fine, trust me, I’m a big boy.”
Marie just shook her head and giggled like a schoolgirl, “Ok, Mr. Big Boy.”
This morning I went for a walk, and when I got back Marie (note: all dressed up to go to a function) stopped me in the hallway. “I’ve been doing some research, and this Brita water filter is good, it’s the best. Better than Poland Spring, and better for YOU going up and down the stairs with gallons of water.”
“Yeah,” I told her, “I used to have it before I moved here, I guess I… sort of forgot about it.”
Then she handed me a brown, paper bag with a whole Brita water set, complete with 3 filters. “Well, now, it’s time to REMEMBER!”
I laughed. “I feel like I just won the grand prize on a game show!”
“Yeah,” she smiled, “you’re a big winner today on ‘THE MARIE SHOW’.”
“Thanks, Marie.” I said and hugged her.
Then we both heard the sounds of a 1970’s car horn continuously honking.
“Okay, that’s FELÌCITA, she’s here to pick me up, we’re going to a birthday party. Now go upstairs and go make your water. Have a good day!