I grew up calling it pop.
Pop was only purchased on the very hottest of summer days and then we were each given one bottle out of the six pack carrying case.. .and then I fought with myself over drinking it while it was ice cold. . .or drinking it slowly to make it last.
I don't drink much pop these days.
I always keep Canada Dry Gingerale on hand to mix with punch ..
but if you see a straw in it .. on the coffee table ..
it only means one thing.. . .
I'll be back.