The Virtues of Peanut Butter

A creamy smooth spoonful pressed cool against my tongue, a slightly sweet, slightly salty bite of bliss that sticks to the roof of my parched mouth, leaving me to scour frantically for a swallow of milk.  Of all of man’s culinary triumphs, I dare say that peanut butter is among the greatest of inventions and, like it’s trusted companion the banana, is quite possibly the most perfect food.  I myself am nowhere perfect, (I’m actually not so far off), but I feel that many of my most positive attributes can also be found in peanut butter. 

How can a petite eighteen year old woman resemble a greasy, nutty condiment?  In a bare pantry or a fully stocked one, I find contentment.  I accept and try my best to ameliorate trying times  or situations.  Like peanut butter, I am incredibly versatile and harmonize well with most people and environments.  What food, other than peanut butter, can taste equally delicious with every food group?  It lends a flavorful nutrient boost to crackers, celery, ice cream and raisins.  As for the sometimes dreadful, sometimes wonderful tackiness that peanut butter can create, I also tend to stick two things together.  Through my wild and carefree gallivanting, I introduce my friends and myself to people and places that we might never have seen. 

My grandmother, the wisest woman I know, once told me to be bold and courageous because I was going to screw up anyway, and I might as well do it with some enthusiasm.  The experiences and memories adhere  to me.  The peanut butter in my stomach serves as the stitching on the patchwork quilt of my life.

Attrributed to Kate Nickerson, 1982 as part of her application to the University of Washington.   She graduated five years later.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

2 thoughts on “The Virtues of Peanut Butter”

  1. Blossoms of white snow,
    Winter’s awesome spectacle,
    But March twenty-fifth?

    — Lory O, March 2011

    Three days, no power.
    Back to nature … Bah, humbug!
    I want a hot bath.

    — Lory O, March 2011

    While you have been crafting order from metaphors to counter chaos, at least for some moments, we took on seven days without power — no water pressure, no light but that from candles, and, until a young neighbor blasted through the bank of snow county plows piled in our driveway, very limited food supplies, drinking water, and propane cartridges for our one-burner stove. And we had no access to your offered delights.

    The snow has melted,
    Revealing the storms’ litter —
    Months of spring cleaning.

    — Lory O, April 2010

    With age comes wisdom,
    And also forgetfulness
    Of all those wise thoughts.

    — Lory O, April 2010


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