"You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already
know.You'll get mixed up with many strange birds
as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with
care and great tact and remember that life's a
great balancing act. Just never forget to be
dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right
foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes!
You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.
Kid, you'll move mountains." - Dr. Suess

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Peanut Butter and Jelly

     One of the very first memories I have of my life is of me stomping on my peanut butter and jelly sandwich by the merry-go-round. I was so mad that my mom gave me a dirty sandwich. Looking back I realize that she actually gave me a sandwich with wheat bread as opposed to white bread like everyone else. I'ma I'ma diva. I regret this thought process because it definitely affected me for a long time. For many years after that I avoided peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... which is a very very sad thing.

     I have eaten PB&J since Mother's Day Out but they just weren't anything special. This all changed a few weeks ago. A few friends and I went on a little road trip to visit our Nation's Capitol. I wanted to be cheap so I bought a loaf of bread, a jar of jelly, and peanut butter, in hopes that I could just eat off of that for the weekend. Something magical happened that Saturday afternoon, something beautiful. As I sat outside outside the Capitol, where tons of historically monumental things have happened, something monumental happened in my life. I took a bite of the best thing I have ever taken a bite of. This peanut butter and jelly sandwich changed my life.. for the better. Since that moment I have been thinking about, praying about, dreaming about, talking about, writing about, raving about and singing about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I look for any and every opportunity to enjoy them. I hope this post gives you ideas about how to incorporate more peanut butter and jelly in your life.

Pb&J give energy
If you like to stay active, enjoy a nice PB&J an hour or so before you go run, dance, play, do yoga, shoot, swim, box, jump, throw, lift, etc. The bread gives you fiber and starch which gives you energy. The jelly gives you sugar which keeps you awake and happy. The peanuts give you protein which help you maximize your activity. Don't quote me on any of those facts.

Pb&J can communicate.
Ever grow tired of calling, emailing, texting, mailing, talking, voice-mailing, ichatting, skyping and however else you may communicate? Talk to your friends via peanut butter and jelly. Bread is moldable and flexible. Make someone a sandwich and don't just go with the average square shape. Get creative and start sculpting that bread. If your friend is earthy, sculpt a tree. If you friend is musical, sculpt a music note. If your friend is depressed, sculpt a tear. If your friend is smart, sculpt an A. Or you can sculpt letters to make words to make sentences for your friends that are really hungry. 

     PB&J can be smart. 
It's really easy to pack a couple of PB&Js in your backpack. This can be very beneficial to your academic success. Pack several of them and stay in the library. This makes for fewer food breaks and enables an optimal amount of study time. More PB&J = more points towards your GPA.

     Pb&J can be romantic
Once a nice young gentleman told me to get dressed up because we had a special dinner to go to. I was thinking we would go downtown somewhere. We ended up having a candle-light peanut putter and jelly sandwich on the local football field and it was the sweetest sandwich I have ever eaten...Turn PB&Js into dates! If the two of you can talk for a long time then you also get to eat more peanut butter and jelly which is even more perfect. 

PB&J can party 
Wanna be soooo popular and cool? Have a party! Stressed about how to host a party? Don't be.. Make it a BYOB party. They bring the bread and you have a variety of jams and jellies, one jar of crunchy peanut butter and one of creamy waiting on them and then you are set. You are welcome for this idea. 

     PB&J can be cheap
If you are tight on money, this is the sandwich for you. Not only is it reasonable on the wallet but all the supplies you need to buy for this wonderful creation will last you a good while.

     PB&J can get crazy
Peanut butter and jelly soup, pizza, cake, muffin, pie, shake, casserole.. whatever you want!

I just hope this gets you thinking and you realize peanut butter and jelly can and should be a part of every aspect of our lives.

It took me 22 years to realize this...
      -What the L

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