Memories from Sandwiches
Growing up and for school, every day my Mother would lovingly make me a sandwich. Granted, it was the same sandwich every day, but whenever I think about this sandwich, I remember my mother and how much her making this sandwich meant to her.
You see, I grew up in the 60’s where a full time working mother was not very common where I lived. My mother was a career woman before it became the norm. So for her to be able to take the time to make me a sandwich for lunch before rushing out the door for her long commute was meaningful.
It was meaningful because she took this time. Most mothers who did not work, could make their children lunches every day and probably did so with a wide variety of ingredients, ( my Aunt for example). Sure they had the time in the morning to pull out the ingredients and make sandwiches, and time after the kiddos left for school to put all those ingredients away too. Time. An ingredient, my mother didn’t have a lot of in the mornings. So the lack of time, meant my school sandwich ingredients were simple and few. Bread+Peanutbutter+Jelly+a surprise ingredient, (identified in the “recipe” below).
While she didn’t have time to make an elaborate sandwich with a lot of ingredients, this humble sandwich was meaningful because she took what time she did have to cut off the crusts. After all, crusts, she believed, were useless calories.
So whenever I think back to my elementary school days’ sandwiches, I think about this sandwich. It’s not about the calories, it’s about the memories. As for the calories, as you will see in the list of ingredients, they weren’t in the bread crusts.
Lynne’s Elementary School Sandwich Ingredients:
2 pieces white bread
2TB creamy peanut butter
2te grape jelly (bonus if made with corn syrup)
2TB (pat) of margarine (= calories and all from transfats!)
Directions: Spread margarine on one side of each piece of bread. Repeat with Peanutbutter & jelly. Put one piece over top of other with ingriedents faing each other. Trim off cursts with knife. Cut in half lengthwise (never diagonally). Place in plastic sandwich back.
So not a recipe that you are likely to find in any cookbook; thank goodness! These are memories (and transfats and calories) best left in the past. Today, I do not eat anything with margarine if I can help it. And I hate margarine with peanutbutter. I always did! My mother did it because that was the way she was raised and believed it kept the bread moist. Ew. And, if it matters, I like bread crusts. But what I remember most about the sandwich is that she took the precious few minutes before dashing off to work to make it for me.
So let’s fastforward to today. I wonder if my mother would have been more creative in her sandwich making for me if she had a faster way to make the sandwich? I mean 4 ingredients (I would have been happy without the margarine), don’t make for faster sandwich preparation. The time savings is about having all the ingredients for any sandwich all ready to go, at the same time, in the same place! Rather than reach into the bread box, the pantry, the fridge … that’s 3 places, wouldn’t it be faster to reach in one place and pull out everything needed in one reach? Sure it would be! And just as easy to put everything back too.
You guessed it. I’m talking about something like the Sandwich Caddy carrier. So mother could have put the bread on it’s slot in the Sandwich Caddy, the peanutbutter and jelly jars in the center under the handle. … just please for my sake, leave out the margarine!
So, in the comments section, please tell me your sandwich memory. Thanks. Lynne – Marketing Goddess for the Sandwich Caddy.