When I was in my 20’s I spent much of my time awake. Not because I couldn’t sleep but because there was so much to experience I didn’t want to miss a minute. I worked hard and played hard.
Not being much of a coffee drinker at the time, and not really enjoying fizzy pop, I was always looking for an alternative. Then one day, out of the blue, I stumbled across Purdey’s which, as I recall, had the liquid zeitgeist guarana, in it.
And so began a lifelong love affair with a berry that, for quite a while, became my best friend. However, life moves on, and as so often with friends or a close relationship borne through work or social connections, it will often fade over time if one or another stimuli aren’t there. Similarly with Purdey’s, my once best drinkable buddy and I, despite loving not only the taste of the drink but also the design of the bottle, slowly drifted apart.
Until this week, when, whilst pottering around Waitrose picking up something for lunch, I spied, out of the corner of my eye, a silver bottle.
Now I’m not declaring myself to have magpie habits, but I do feel I am probably naturally drawn to something that catches the light, which this bottle did. Taking a closer look I was delighted to see that it was, indeed, my old friend Purdey’s. Instinctively I picked up a bottle and sashayed over to the ‘pay for me now’ counter, without even checking the label.
Imagine my surprise then, when eventually reading the label, I realised guarana was no longer present. However, I had, by this point, opened and begun to enjoy once more, the multivitamin taste sensation, coupled with a trip down memory lane, both of which I enjoyed enormously.
I won’t be buying Purdey’s regularly, and am not disappointed that it no longer contains guarana, but it’s nice to know it’s there, just in case the feeling takes me.