Without fail every breakfast, lunch, and dinner served at home during my childhood started out with an argument between my brothers and me. It was an ongoing battle. The bickering had to be ended by our parents. A precursor to the days of the TV remote fights that would last hours after the favorite show was over. We fought over a Tupperware green cup.
“I want The Green Glass!’ “I want The Green Glass!” “I want The Green Glass!” “You had it last time!” “I did not!” “No! It’s my turn!” “No! It’s my turn!” “You already had a turn!” “I haven’t had it in FOREVER!”
I can’t tell you why The Green Glass was the best glass. It just was. Milk, juice, water, Kool-Aid all tasted better coming from The Green Glass.
Somewhere during the move from my childhood home to the house my parents now live in, which happened when I was in seventh grade, The Green Glass went missing. It became a distant memory as the TV remote wars started.
Until a week ago.
I was rummaging for something in my mom’s cupboards when I found a stack of Tupperware cups. The Green Glass was on the top of the stack. My heart skipped a beat. I smiled.
My mom: What?
Me: You don’t need these glasses anymore do you?! I can take them off your hands! I could always use more glasses for the boys!
My mom entered the kitchen.
My mom: What glasses?
I held up the stack. My plan might be blown.
Me: You already have a whole bunch. I can take these off you hand. All I really need is one.
My mom: Do you really think it’s fair to take The Green Glass without discussing it with your brothers?
Me: Yes. I’m the one with children.
My mom: And you’re going to share with the boys?
Me: Um. Maybe. Sure. Why not?
My mom: (rolled her eyes) Fae, you just want to beat your brothers.
Me: But MO-OM!
The Friendly Giant walked in the room, removing his sun glasses.
The Friendly Giant: Hello, Everybody!
Me: Hello, Dr. Giant.
He gave me a smile and a backwards nod to acknowledge my immediate acknowledgement to his allusion. His eyes went straight for the stack of glasses. Hiding them would be too suspicious. Caught.
The Friendly Giant: The Green Glass! Mom, can I have that?
Me: NO! I’m the one with kids!
My mom: No. They’re mine.
She sighed and left the room.
Me: They will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.
The Friendly Giant: Fat chance. She loves me more.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
The Green Glass. Front and center. Because it’s special.
Back then they didn’t make blue but a type of orange or else we would have fought over the blue one too.