My very first week in Budapest was a hot one. I ran into a small store with my new friend Laurie and bought us two bottles of water. After walking outside, I opened my bottle, and the water exploded all over me. What the…?
I took a swig. “This water’s carbonated!”
“Isn’t that what you wanted?” Laurie asked.
Laurie laughed. “I did the very same thing when I first moved here.” She held up her bottle. The cap was blue. “You have to look at the caps. Blue means carbonated. Pink caps are for still.”
“Ah,” I said. I repeated it so I wouldn’t forget. “Blue – carbonated. Pink – still.”
“That’s right,” Laurie said. “I know this sounds sexist, but just think of the kids in your classroom. Pink is for those perfect little girls. Blue is for those bubbly boys.”
A few days later, I was in the store buying my girl water when I spotted some bottles with green caps. I hadn’t noticed them before. Later I asked Laurie about them.
“Oh, yeah,” Laurie said. “Green caps mean the water is somewhere between pink and blue – just a little bubbly.”
I chuckled. “So, green stands for that generally good kid who only gets into trouble once in a while.”
Laurie smiled. “Yes.”