in summer of 2011, i fell in love with a water bottle. a friend had a beautiful glass one—sleek and pretty but not girly. i couldn’t stop looking at it. if this obsession sounds unusual—and it does—remember how seriously i take water consumption.
i was using a metal bottle but i knew they weren’t the safest option. still, i was hesitant to go with glass. it’s heavy and so fragile, like using paper bags in the age of plastic. why take such an old-timey risk?
but my friend waxed philosophical about the deliciousness of water drunk from glass and she’s right. her message sank in and i conceded. although you do need to be careful, your fine motor skills should be solid by now.
that said, i am on my second bottle these days. i dropped the first several times and we had 2 good years together before the fatal accident happened. it fell onto the doorframe of my car, creating a spectacular scene, with glass and water flying into the car and onto the concrete floor of the garage. it went out with a (literal) splash.
i love everything about the bottle:
- the soft but sturdy silicone sleeve
- the fact the glass is made in France
- its sophistication
- the little design on the silicone
- the company name—life is nothing if not a factory!
- its subtle opalescence
- excellent customer service (they’re mailing me replacement gaskets)
- how i can see what’s “going on” inside, even in the bottom corners
but there’s more. i believe in small (and frequent) practical presents for yourself. gifts that are “tools,” helping you through the day and making you feel good when you use them.
and the timing of my life factory present couldn’t have been better. the bottle was a reward for showing up to my second year of grad school. it doesn’t sound like much, but i was also going through a gnarly breakup and nervous about school. as a result, i was awakened to chest-crushing panic attacks each morning. (on the first day of them i thought a heart attack after all this yoga? you’ve got to be kidding.)
if Morgan Freeman were available for a voiceover, he'd say something along the lines of:
- lifefactory water bottle: $19.99
- shipping cost: $0
- feeling put together and elegant while life is beating you to a pulp: priceless