“JUST A GLASS OF WATER, PLEASE.”
My family, friends and acquaintances mean well, but they often do not listen to me after they ask me what I want to eat or drink. I am not hard to please. I can be happy eating bread and drinking water when visiting. I go to visit and not eat; so no one need go to any fuss.
The following dialogue is not exaggerated, and is pretty much the same no matter whose house I go to.
“Gary, what would you like to drink? A beer? Some wine? A cooler?”
“No thank you. I don’t drink. I’ll just have some water, please.”
“Water? You can’t have just water. How about some pop? A Coke? Pepsi?”
“No thanks. I just want water please.”
“What about Ginger Ale or some other pop?”
“No thank you. I don’t drink pop. Some water will be fine.”
“You gotta have something more than water. How about some orange juice, grape juice or lemonade?”
“No thank you. I really only want water.”
“Iced tea? We have some great iced tea. Would you like that?”
“Please, just a glass of water.”
“You can’t have just water. I’m gonna get you a glass of iced tea.”
Why do they bother asking me what I want?