Last evening among a group of friends the question came up - how old should a child be before being allowed to drink tea?
I had never even stopped to think that children shouldn't be allowed to drink tea, in fact Sailor used to drink unsweetened homegrown peppermint tea in his bottle way back when .... I would still rather have my children drink all sorts of tea instead of a soft drink.
Talking about soft drinks brings a memory to mind.
It was summer of '93 and an unusually hot heat wave was affecting everyone in our area. It was bad enough in our woodworking shop, but the farmers had it even worse having to work in the relentless heat making their hay.
Some kind neighbors decided to treat the one Amish family to some ice cold Mountain Dew. The only problem was that the Amish in Somerset County as a whole are extremely frugal and as such have not had too much experience drinking anything other than water, that they haven't made themselves.
They thanked their neighbors and opened the bottles to take a drink, but were dismayed to find that it "stung" a sure sign that it was spoiled. There was only one thing to do, dump it out before it made someone sick.
As they were talking about it that Sunday after church, they learned that Mountain Dew is supposed to "sting".