Flashback Friday Moment of The Week: 11/15/2019

by Just Juan

During lunch at the American Red Cross Cafeteria, I noticed they had pints of strawberry milk for sale. That’s something I hadn’t seen before as it’s usually just regular milk or the low-fat milk. I’m not sure what moved them to bring out “the pink goodness” but I surely bought a pint. The taste immediately sent me back to the glory days. That brings me to this week’s moment in the Flashback Friday series: Nestle Quik strawberry milk.

How I first came across this moment? My very earliest memories of the Nestle Quik strawberry milk were when I was around 4 or 5 years old. It’s quite possible that I could’ve been introduced to “the pink goodness” long before then. I remember my mother having the tin container in the kitchen cabinet. She pulled it out on occasion and dropped a couple of spoonfuls in the cups my sister and I drank from.

What it meant to me then? Back then, when that rectangular cuboid tin can came out, it was always a great time. My mom dropped those spoonfuls into the cup and she let us stir with the straw. Seeing the white milk turn pink was always an exciting moment. The taste of the flavored milk was soothing to my taste buds. I always asked for more.

What it means to me now? Back when I lived in the Opelika apartment, I bought a container of the Nestle Quik strawberry milk mix but I never opened it in the near 3 years I called that apartment home. In fact, because of my heavy travel schedule, it was a challenge keeping milk in the residence at all. Before today, I hadn’t enjoyed strawberry milk in maybe 10 years and it certainly wasn’t Nestle Quik then nor was it today. That doesn’t take away from what a jewel Nestle Quik strawberry milk was to me as a child. I loved it then and I still love it now. In fact, I think I’ll add that to the shopping cart when Mercedes and I are at Wegman’s on Sunday afternoon.

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