There is something that toddlers seem to enjoy more than anything else. It is something that is calming but exciting, something that always seems to be new. Something refreshing even if just after drinking something. That is the glorious juice box.
I’m not quite sure what it is either. Yes, I’ve been thinking about it. Maybe it’s the small package that is just appropriate for a toddler. Cans and bottles are too much. Containers like orange juice or milk are just a spill waiting to happen. Glass is dangerous. Aluminium is too rough and tough to deal with or even open. So it makes sense that toddlers opt for the smaller, more compatible and safer juice box. Hey, I throw one back every now and then….when no one’s watching.
There is another element about the juice box. This element separates it from every other product on the market that I’m aware of. That my friends is the straw.
The straw allows for a clean drink, no spill, easy on the teeth and just gets the job done. On top of all this, the straw is there to begin with! While beer bottles need a tool to be opened, soda cans are prone to opening it incorrectly and wine bottles an entire ordeal to open if you haven’t been trained by professionals – the juice box is catered for the rest of us.
I say we protest the difficulty of cans and bottles. Maybe beer, soda and wine aren’t drunk with straws. Maybe they need to be opened in fancy ways. You know what? Maybe we should change all that. Maybe, everyone should catch on to the simplicity of how toddlers live and consume their beverages. It all starts somewhere, today it can start with juice boxes. Bring your i.d.
Life lesson of a toddler #21: Drink more juice boxes. At the very least, use straws with any and every beverage. People will smile.