Ever since I can remember my family has participated in elevensies. Elevensies originated from my Grandparents and is seriously one of life's simple pleasures. Everyday at 11:00 we go out on the porch, or for the working folk, put our feet on our desks and enjoy a festive beverage and peanuts. I double heart elevensies, it provides a much needed pick me up between breakfast and lunch. I have always vowed never to have soda before eleven o'clock it just seems too early before that. Well my friends, recess is at 10:15 so I have now started going against everything I previously believed in, caffeine runs through veins early in the school system.
Well I'm a Dr Pepper gal and since I've started teaching I've realized that teachers LOVE soda. As I'm walking down the hall at 7:45 a.m. I hear multiple soda cans popping or in the case of the older generation the in-hand 32 ouncer, the can will no longer suffice for those folks. I have what I like to call a mild case of the "school teacher addiction." Recently, I have toyed with the notion of really limiting my D.P. consumption, in the effort to get healthier. The dilemma is.....will I still fit into my clique at school? The three other 2nd grade teachers, who I spend significant time with are a variety of Coke and Diet Coke addicts. Many conversations have been had about our beverages of choice and how much better work is when you have a soda. Without my D.P. in hand will I still be able to participate in such conversations? These women are already 20-40 years older than me, this is really one of our only things we have in common. Soda is our staple should I really consider giving it up? What if they don't like me as much anymore? What if they look down on me because I've chosen health over our daily social hour at the soda machine? Man....peer pressure bites!