OK- You all know it’s true…Growing up, your older cousins were the COOLEST people you could ever imagine living – they were! OK, maybe my younger cousins didn’t think that about me, but whatever, lol. So it is no wonder that one of my earliest “GO THERE FOR SPECIFIC SODA” memories has to do with my cousins.
This particular set of 4 cousins (yeah, I have 17 first cousins, plus now most are married and many have kids and we are all still close – it’s quite a scene) lived about an hour away in New Jersey. I vividly remember the drive to their house, how their exit on the turnpike was closer to Six Flags than ours was, and then driving down the long main street and seeing their house on the corner of the side street as we turned into their driveway. I’m not sure we ever went through their front door – I’m sure we did – but my memory is of getting out of the car, walking past the garage and down the tree lined path to their backyard. Right at the end of the path, on your right, was the “beverage table”…and the beverage I always looked for was RC Cola! They drank it so I knew it had to be the best. I did not know another group of humans alive who drank the stuff (which came in handy as I was the only person in my group of friends who knew the RC stood for Royal Crown) but about 4 times or more a year- I drank it! I have no idea of what the soda tastes like now. I’ve considered ordering it (feel free to here) but I’m almost afraid to! What if it’s gross?! I don’t want the magical memory ruined!
I may go ahead and give it a shot – I feel I must keep you, my dear NYC Soda Girl readers, fully on top of all soda experiences – even ones that may have happened over 25+ years ago. (Did I just say 25? Jeez…and truthfully it may have been longer.) Plus, many other “totally 1980’s cool stuff” I still think are/were great! My cousins had it all: The Ghostbusters Commodore 64 game, a badminton net in their yard AND the other thing I looked forward too at their backyard parties – CROQUET! I really thought that was the best game ever! Again – no one else I knew had ever played it (or at that young age had never told me)…but I really think they hadn’t because when I finally saw the 1988 cult classic “Heathers”, I had to explain the game to more than one person-thanks big cousins!
So while I haven’t kept up with the RC Cola, video games or badminton, I have taught my children a kiddie version of croquet. Melissa and Doug made a set and during the summers we bring it to my dad’s and play on his lawn 🙂 (I don’t know if they still make that exact set, but this other set seems to get good amazon reviews:Children’s Croquet Set if you’re interested.)
Alright- comment below and tell me your “cool older cousin” stories…AND please, someone tell me if they’ve had an RC Cola lately!
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