Don’t you wanna Fanta?

Let me just say in self defense- it was the entrepreneurial ’80s.

It was my 6th birthday and I got as a present a set of watercolors. My parents and their friends got FANTA. At the age of 6 – FANTA, the magic drink was the preferred choice for a present, but alas I was not consulted on the gift giving. IMAG4074

Fanta’s existence in my life prior to discovery of Coca-Cola,  was equivalent to Myspace prior to Facebook.

This story is set in B.C.C.- before Cola.

The neighboring kids got this idea that I was suddenly rich in Fanta- even though I hadn’t even had a chance to drink one. They would not listen.


So…what is a girl to do?


Where there is a demand, there is profit to be made. (future capitalist in action)

I gathered the empty Fanta bottles, grabbed my sister and made due with some paint and water.

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To be fair, my sister was an unwitting accomplice. I told her we were making pretty colors and nothing more. And boy did those “Fantas” look colorful! Better than the real thing.



I would have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those pesky health issues my customers got once they drank the fake Fantas. Words such as ‘poison’ and  ‘criminal’  were used.


And back to the corner I went. Ahh, the ’80s.




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