Musings and Amusings

S is for Sandwich

S Letter


“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for awhile. Some leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.” quote by Flavia

Rick appeared without fanfare during an extremely stressful and busy season at the pub. I knew, the moment I laid eyes on him, he would leave his mark on me. I hadn’t had a day off in weeks, rarely stopping long enough to eat a decent lunch, and working late into the night before falling into bed to toss and turn until the all-too-early alarm the following morning.

Suddenly with a sense of joyful anticipation, I found myself leaving work in the middle of the afternoon, headed with Rick to Rocky Mountain Joe’s Café. Most days – the lunch crowd already departed – we had the place to ourselves. Early spring snow drifted lazily past the windows as we drank our chamomile tea, and Rick introduced me to peanut butter and honey sandwiches. He talked to me about his journey, his dreams and questioned me about my path and what it meant to me. For those hours, on those days, Rick enticed me into his world and gave me respite from my own.

Two months later, he was gone – a vagabond bound for horizons beyond my scope in his road-warrior Volkswagon bus.

I can’t quite bring myself to eat a PBH without him.



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Comments on: "S is for Sandwich" (35)

  1. Food often encapsulates many memories– something to do with the taste buds and the sense of smell, I guess. A peanut butter honey sandwich sounds …interesting.

  2. Peanut butter & honey? Really? People eat that? Wow, well, as we would say here, ‘horses for courses’! Yet again, I’m intrigued, but still can’t bring myself to try it 🙂

  3. I think I want to try that sandwich and the end of that was a real awe moment!

  4. Food can be so evocative. When I read your story, I remembered a summer I spent as a camp counselor when I ate peanut butter and brown sugar sandwiches for breakfast. That whole summer rushed back to me. Thanks!

    • Wow that’s a new combo – actually sounds tasty. But it’s the memory that matters, eh? Thanks for telling me – it’s something I enjoy about this interaction with each of you – what we stimulate in each other.

  5. Love PBH sandwiches and very interesting story. You can try adding a dash of banana, makes it even more interesting. Great post.

  6. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten a PBJ, but honey with my peanut butter sounds intriguing–just like your rendezvous with Rick!
    I just love this post, and this little peek into your past. 🙂

    • Thanks, Kirsten! I don’t even go looking for the few “big loves” that were brief. I prefer remembering them in our romance to finding out what their lives are today.

  7. Peanut butter and honey is a childhood memory and just thinking about it made me smile. PBH is a sandwich my mom made for us. When we had bananas, we would add them too. Thanks for sharing your PBH memory and reminding me of mine.

    • Thank you for stopping! It’s so nice to know we trigger memories with our blogging and visits to each other. Something as simple as peanut butter and bananas! And Mom!

  8. What a wonderful story. Proves it’s not the amount of time people spend in our lives that contributes to our memories, but rather their words and actions.

    • That is so true! And I believe some people are meant to be in our lives for only a short while – sometimes leaving a lifelong impact!

      Thanks for visiting, Carrie.

  9. PBH is delicious!!! I’m surprised that more people don’t eat that sandwich into adulthood…I’m going to have to go home and make me one of those! Yum!!! 😀

    • I’ve read they are the perfect combo of carbs and protein. Hub eats ’em before working out.

      Guess what, Marci? i went to bookstore today, and on the “buy 2, get 1free” table was Persepolis!!! It was a sign – almost like finding a penny 🙂 I can’t wait to enjoy it and Marjane, and think about you while I do!

      • Oh my goodness – that’s awesome!!! I hope you like the books – they were really fascinating to me. Have you read the Maus books by Art Spiegelman? Also graphic novels, but about the holocaust. Heartbreaking and amazing at the same time. Read those too if you see them!

      • Stopppppppp i’m buried under all my new “finds”. LOL

        I had to stop reading Holocaust ones for awhile and have visited both the museum in DC and one at Normandy. Such evil in some humans.

  10. Sometime ago when I needed it, I stumbled upon this quote: “Don’t be sad because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
    Good! Isn’t it?
    I would like to meet a “Rick”. But not the kind of “Rick” that disappears after a while. This time I want a “Rick” that stays!
    (I can dream, can’t I?)

    I have never tried a peanut butter sandwich with honey. Seems to be much too sweet, but I understand your feelings about it! But with some sliced fruit or maybe some bitter orange/lime jam on, I’ll say “Yes, please!” I have even tried mango chutney on! >:D

  11. So fleeting, so intense! Anything can trigger a memory. 🙂 For me, it’s usually music though and in this case, I would pick “Magic Man” by Heart. Lovely story of a mysterious stranger, Sammy.

    • Ah – there WAS some music with Rick but I didn’t put it in the story. He gave me a Joni Mitchell album before he left town, and I always think of him if I hear her.

      Magic Man works, too! Thanks!

  12. Yes food does conjure memories. I always remember my Grandmother when I make or eat Shira (its a sweet preparation made with Semolina). Stopping by from the A to Z Challenge. Good luck!

  13. I used to eat pb and honey sandwiches when I was a kid. They’re really good. Food can definitely trigger memories.

    One of AJ’s AtoZ wHooligans
    Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

  14. Aah Sammy, you told on yourself with this one didn’t you. That’s life and love though..there is the big one, the flash in the pan one and the steady one which is usually the one that stays the course. Nice post!

    • Thanks. I had a few of those ” he can’t be mine ‘cuz he belongs to the road” charmers, and they make great memories now 🙂

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