Every weekday morning around 9:35 I am at Sonic getting my Route 44 unsweetened iced tea. I push the red button, and always say the same thing. “More ice than tea please”. Hunter, who is there most days, fixes it for me. It is brimming with ice. I can barely keep the plastic top on it sometimes.
When a guy named Eric worked there, I didn’t even have to press the button. He would see me pull in. My tea would arrive.
That was cool.
I order it this way because their tea is very strong. And they have great ice. It can last eight hours. I sip on it all day, watering it down as I go. By three-ish, it is usually all water. That makes me feel healthier somehow. Drinking water.
I thought when I became a therapist I would calm down, drink non-caffeinated herbal teas, wear flowing clothes, and maybe have incense or something in my office.
That has not happened.
I do have a chime in my therapy room. It’s powered by solar power and just “tings” lightly whenever it gets enough of the good stuff. I have some patients swear that it goes off when they ( or I ) have said something profound. I doubt that. I probably do owe a few thoughts to the extra caffeine that my iced tea has provided on a rainy afternoon.
I also have a fountain which makes a little soothing sound. It actually reminds ME to relax, which I find helpful. Oh, and the little coaster thing that the tea is sitting on is a replica of the rug that was in Freud’s office. My nod to my predecessor.
After a patient has come two or three times, I usually get a comment about the huge Sonic cup perched on the table. Again. “What is in there?”, she will ask, amused. One patient who saw me for a bit longer gave me a Sonic gift card for Christmas. I usually don’t accept gifts, but the amount was small and she really wanted me to take it. Furthermore, I currently am miffed with my Toyota Rav4 because you can’t fit a Route 44 very easily into the cup holders. They are right under where the air conditioning sticks out. I guess they don’t drink humongous drinks like that in Japan. Sort of a silly problem except when you spill it all over yourself or your car the first thing in the morning, as I have done.
Not a calming way to start your day.
Maybe Sonic should just sell their ice. Maybe I should trade in the Rav4.
“Second world problems”, as many would say. Get a grip.
If you know any Sonic devotees, please send this on to them!!! And thanks for reading! More @NaBloPoMo to come!!!