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  1. Don’t know about espresso, or about parents today, but I was regularly drinking coffee from the time I was five or six years old. (In a Norwegian-American household, if you didn’t have a constant coffee influx you would have been in danger of being suspected of being a changeling.)

    Of course, the problem even then with kids drinking coffee is that “it will stunt your growth.” This was probably a good thing, since as it is I grew to be 6’4″ and used to have some trouble in later life fitting into my Volkswagon Beetle.

  2. I have seen signs “suitable for use in stores” stating that all unattended children will be given a double espresso and a kitten…

  3. I think the correct question is “do the store employees let kids sample espresso?”

    And presumably the answer is “yes.”

  4. I’ve seen those signs as well, CupWatcher. In reality, though, supermarket employees won’t give children anything to eat or drink — or any animals — without parental consent. It’s my recollection that they used hand out samples — though not animals — more liberally before society “discovered” severe food allergies.

  5. “Do parents actually let their kids drink espresso in supermarkets?”

    Uh… no.

    This really makes no sense. It’s make sense with free samples of candy. (It wouldn’t stand under scrutiny; but at least it’d be feasible.)

    Or maybe the joke *is* a CIDU. Hammie’s not bouncing cause *he* had espresso but as a result of her having an esspresso. Perhaps Hammie’s bouncing about because he always bounces about and the father is suggesting the supermarket has free espresso because the mother is going to need it and ….

    Okay, no…. the joke is they gave Hammie Espresso but…. geez, why??? and if she did why should I have any sympathy?

  6. I was offered samples in Target the other day. I declined the mashed potatoes, because diabetics try to stay away from high carb dishes, but I tried the pulled pork barbecue sample. It had so much sugar in it that I’d have been better off trying the potatoes.

  7. I think User McUser has the right idea. I doubt that most parents demand permission from their kids before taking free samples of anything.

  8. I wouldn’t let my kids drink coffee regularly, but it doesn’t seem crazy that a parent might let their kid try a free sample once.

  9. I would let my kids sample the wine before I would let them have the coffee. We gave up on cola, but it has to be before mid afternoon. Anything later than that runs the risk of them staying up longer than we can.

  10. I think Darryl is just making a sarcastic reference to how hyper Hammie is. I don’t think we are meant to suppose that there was any actual espresso involved.

  11. My first thought was chocolate covered espresso beans. I had a coworker that loved to buy them and hand them out. It certainly would have been something that my kids would want to try (rather than an espresso drink).

  12. “I’ve seen those signs as well, CupWatcher. In reality, though, supermarket employees won’t give children anything to eat or drink — or any animals — without parental consent.”

    This isn’t my experience, which is that there isn’t even always a store employee or representative present at the sample table. Kids old enough to be on foot in the store could easily sample whatever was on offer. The employee might not offer any to the kids, but will they actively try to prevent it? Maybe stores are different in different regions? (I’ve been in stores in the Pacific Northwest and in the South within the last year or so.)

  13. “I think Darryl is just making a sarcastic reference to how hyper Hammie is. I don’t think we are meant to suppose that there was any actual espresso involved.”

    Then …. what’s the joke? and …. is the mothers comment sarcastic as well …. what’s the joke? Or is she serious in which case What the eff is the MATTER with her?

  14. ” Or is she serious in which case What the eff is the MATTER with her?”

    Lack of sleep, lots of distractions, and just generally tired.
    i.e., parenthood.

  15. Shrug – in a book by my second favorite author, Kathryn Forbes, “Mama’s Bank Account” The daughter who is in her teens is too young to have coffee according to her Norwegian- American parents in the 1910s (according to Wikipedia, I cannot find my bio of her – it is either behind some of the Louisa May Alcott books on 2 shelves, double rows on same, or upstairs in our office/library) in San Francisco. It is only when she does something grown up (returns the graduation gift her parents gave her and gets back her mother’s brooch that was traded for the gift she wanted – the parents were giving her the pin) that she is grown up enough to have coffee – a small bit in milk.

  16. Kilby – Not that you want them to have more soda, but do they have decaf cola there – or it just hit me, that you mean the sugar? We usually have decaf diet Coke at home. Robert had found while dealing with the pain in shoulder and arm that he felt better after lunch at Wendys when he was regular diet soda and we bought 2 bottles of same for him to have at home (the soda was on sale), but dinner is the latest he will drink it so he can go to bed at night.

  17. @ Meryl A – I have never seen caffein-free cola on a store shelf here, with the possible exception of the “Zero” varieties, which don’t come into consideration. Nobody in my family has any interest in artificial sweeteners.

  18. P.S. It’s been decades since I bought any kind of cola in the U.S. Do they still sell caffeine-free cola with real sugar there?

  19. P.S. It’s been decades since I bought any kind of cola in the U.S. Do they still sell caffeine-free cola with real sugar there?

    Real sugar meaning not HFCS?

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