Friday, November 19, 2010

Joy Through Food

     You know, Company, sometimes it is the little things in life that give us the most pleasure, and you find those little things in the strangest places.  Things like wildflowers, a child's laughter, or maybe just sitting down and putting your feet up when you've been on your feet all day long.  I could go on and on...driving past the bakery when they are making bread, hearing a professional musician practicing his clarinet, etc, etc.  But one of my favorite things that I was reminded of recently, and which will sound kind of stupid, is how much I like it when I am the first person who digs into some sort of food product that is unopened.
     For instance - and this is the exact thing that made me think of this - I love being the first person to dig into a jar of peanut butter.  It is so smooth and perfect and undisturbed, so pristine, sometimes I find it hard to disrupt things.  But...there is also that destructive side to everyone, including yours truly, that loves to just destroy all of that smooth perfectness.  I love to do that too.  So it is like the best of both worlds.  I know that it is probably just a trick of the human mind, but I will also swear to you up and down that the peanut butter from those first spoon or knifefulls tastes better than the rest.  I swear it does.
     Miracle Whip is the same thing, although that has like a neat little tip-like thing that looks like the top of your soft-serve ice cream cone.  I love that, but it is always the first thing that I destroy when I am making the first sandwich of the jar.  It actually sort of extends beyond jarred condiments too.  I love the look of a cake when it is undisturbed, but there is a pleasure in plunging that knife in for sure that comes as well.  Plus then you get to eat the cake, and that is always good.
     But anyway, undisturbed food.  Think about that the next time that you open a jar of anything, and it will bring a smile to your face.  Unless, of course, you are a Communist.  But we won't go there.  It will bring a smile to my face. And if you don't get the same joy out of it as I do, I will be happy to open any jar for you that you need opened.