I love my water bottle.  I mean, I really love it.

  1. It holds 32 ounces of water
  2. It’s curved like an hour glass, so it’s easy to hold
  3. It’s narrow enough at the bottom so it fits comfortably in cup holders at the gym and most movie theaters (this is actually rare for a bottle that holds 32 ounces)
  4. The cover is pink!
  5. The cover is a screw top, which means that unless I don’t close it properly, it is leak-proof, so I can throw it in my bag without worry

In short, it is my perfect water bottle.

Now here’s the story:  A few weeks ago I was at the movie theater.  I left my treasured water bottle at the movie theater.  I realized it when I was about halfway home.  The movie theater is about a 30 minute walk from my house, and it’s also not a convenient mass transit ride. (I live on the east side, the theater is on the west- it’s basically a Manhattan nightmare).  I was very bummed.

When my daughter got home she asked about my day.  I told her my tale of woe.  She sympathized.  She knew what that water bottle meant to me.  So she put her coat back on and made the trek to the theater and retrieved my water bottle for me.

My daughter did the hour round trip to get me my water bottle.  She simply said, “I know you would do this for me.  I know you have done this for me.”  There are no words for how I felt.

Now, this is one of those moments that I am going to say it’s nurture.  My daughter was nice to me because I have been an awesome Mom and raised her to be an amazing person.  Don’t you dare tell me it’s nature…

So, is it silly to be enamored with a water bottle?  Yes.  Was it necessary for my daughter to spend an hour retrieving the water bottle?  No.  Do either of those things matter?  Probably not.  My daughter did something sweet for me that didn’t cost any money, and she did it without expecting anything in return.  That’s pretty much the only gift I will ever need.

62 thoughts on “The Water Bottle

  1. So what you’re saying is when my still rather young tween/teens are being self absorbed, continue with kindness and sooner or later, the penny will drop. Right? I’ll take it! I love this story.

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  2. Wonderful to hears stories like that! It definitely is nurture and you’ve done a great job. Congrats and kudos to your daughter! I believe she’ll be a great mom to her kids too (should she decide to have them). Way to get the chain going.

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  3. Some children like your daughter are so considerate and kind. But I’m afraid it’s not quid quo pro. I know mothers whose children are very devoted to them despite the fact that they were never around. And I know moms who have given everything to their children, and have gotten only heartbreak in return. I wish it was that easy, but it isn’t. Just be happy that your efforts have been rewarded with a considerate child.

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  4. What a wonderful daughter you’ve raised!!

    I have a favorite Tupperware water bottle. It holds 32 oz and has a fantastic water-tight seal. It’s probably close to 20 years old and looks new. Several years back the top was missing and I was livid. My husband and daughter helped me search up and down for it and we found it in the garbage. I was so grateful that they knew how much it meant to me that they joined in on the search until we located it. 😊

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