Jacob thought the water in California was gross. I will admit that it has a different taste than Utah water, although I'm not sure it was gross.
He thought it was so disgusting that he refused to drink tap water. Everyone else was fine with tap water, but he absolutely refused to drink a drop after he had his first cupful. He made a ceremoniously big deal about claiming several water bottles for himself.
Every time he took a drink he would sigh and announced, "Ahhh! Now that's good water!"
Truthfully, none of us were all that bothered by the tap water. And we were getting a little tired of hearing Jacob rejoice over each swallow of bottled water. And it was only our first day there.
So on Sunday morning, Andrew decided he'd pull a little switcheroo on Jacob.
"Man, I'm thirsty," said Andrew, walking over to the fridge and opening the door.
"Is your water bottle the one in the door?" he asked Jacob.
"Alright, I won't take that one then," said Andrew, taking that bottle out of the fridge.
When Jacob had left the room, Andrew dumped the precious bottled water out and filled it up with regular old tap water and replaced the bottle in the door of the fridge. Then we went to church.
When we came home, we, along with Karen, convinced Jacob that he was thirsty and needed a drink of water.
Andrew got a drink of tap water. I got a drink of tap water. Jacob went to the fridge and got his special water bottle. He took a swig.
"How was that?" we asked.
He fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: something is always up when someone asks you "How was that?"
Unfortunately, he didn't recognize that as a classic blunder and took another gulp before answering.
"So, good! It's cold, it's refreshing..." he listed every shining quality water could have.
"Better than tap water?" we asked.
"Oh, so much better! It tastes so good and fresh! The tap water is gross. But this? This is amazing!"
"I dumped out that water bottle this morning and filled it up with tap water," Andrew informed Jacob, seriously.
"You did not!" Jacob accused.
"Yes, he did," Karen and I agreed, for we had watched him do it.
Jacob threw a mild temper tantrum, jumping up and down a few times and saying things like, "How could you?" but he was quite content to drink tap water for the rest of the vacation.