Sentimentality has failed me

Recently, while browsing at the grocery store, I found something surprising: Old-school Tab soda. I figured Coca-Cola had dropped the brand after that disastrous attempt to turn it into an energy drink, but there it was in its garish pink can and groovy ’70s logo. So I bought a pack of it.

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This was not borne of any particular taste for the beverage—I actually couldn’t remember how it tasted—but rather because Tab reminds me of my grandmother. She always had a can of Tab handy; it was the only diet drink that didn’t switch from saccharine to Nutra-Sweet after that ridiculous lab rat cancer scare in the ’70s or ’80s, and for some reason Nutra-Sweet didn’t agree with her. So Tab remained her go-to soft drink.

Seeing that case of soda on the shelves gave me that little pang of wistfulness I always experience whenever I see something that reminds me of her, which is why decided to give it a try in the year of our lord 2015. As it turns out, Tab is pretty gross! I don’t really drink soda much these days anyway, but man. This is a pretty rough way to get your caffeine. Really makes me appreciate what a strong woman my grandmother was. Well, that and the fact that she powered through debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and god knows how many joint replacements with good humor and grace. I suppose there’s a certain threshold at which slightly bitter soda seems pretty trivial in the grand scheme of things.

That being said, I miss my grandmother dearly, but I don’t think she’d have been offended if she knew I’d rather cherish her memory in ways that don’t involve archaic diet drinks.

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