Vanilla Wafers and Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter and a Confession
It's funny the things which sometimes crop back into our memory as we age. We were often told the elephant never forgets anything and I think this must be true for humans as well. I vividly recall my first grade teacher at Tuxedo Elementary School, Mrs. Ruth Mullinax, a gifted teacher who taught so many of us the alphabet, our numbers, and how to read our first Dick and Jane books. She made a comment one day I have never forgotten. She told us, "Your brains are a wonderful organ and each time you hear or learn something, like the alphabet, or words made from putting those letters together, a new wrinkle is added to your brain and stored forever in our memories." I think by now my brain must be pretty well wrinkled and my body beginning to match as wrinkles( wanted or not) are beginning to show my age.
As I sat in Mrs. Mullinax class at my desk practicing printing the alphabet on those big lined sheets of paper I became distracted by something which had caught my eye in Greg Swann's desk drawer. Those elementary desks had an open drawer for storing our new readers and snacks or lunches packed by mom's and brought to school from home. There "IT" was a tempting morsel of sweetness, vanilla wafer peanut butter cookie. My mouth began to water and I wondered if Greg would give it to me but soon I was back to my work writing my ABC"s making beautiful legible capital A's and little "a's." Local folks will well remember Mr. Zeb Swann who ran the little store just below our elementary school and just across from the public dock on Lake Summit.
The next day I noticed Greg still hadn't eaten that peanut butter cracker and a new bag lunch was inside that desk drawer. I thought I might still ask him if he was gonna eat that cracker but for some reason I didn't. After the third day of the cracker laying on the bottom of Greg's desk, I reached down and picked it up and in a flash I was chewing it up and had it swallowed. Greg never mentioned that cracker and I don't know if he ever knew it had fallen out of his lunch bag and had gone unnoticed for the last 3 days. Well there you have an honest confession of thievery from my past. I knew stealing that cookie was wrong even then and my classmate Greg would have most likely given it to me anyway if only I had ask.
Over the years since that first grade experience I have eaten lots of vanilla wafer(the kind your ma used when making "nanner puddin) and peanut butter cookies but that was the first time I ever had eaten peanut butter on a vanilla wafer. If you guessed a wrinkle was formed in my brain that day, you're right. I suppose there aren't many who don't like peanut butter and there are some who have allergies to the peanut who can't eat them. I still like making vanilla wafer and peanut butter cookies and having a big cold glass of milk to wash them down. I also enjoy a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every now and again and for variety with sliced bananas, however, I don't think I could ever find peanut butter and tuna to be a combination that would suit my palate.
I guess we all must be thankful to the Canadian, Marcellus Gilmore Edson who obtained a US Patent in 1884 who developed a milling process to create what we all have come to love. Today on our grocery shelves we can find many brands and styles of peanut butter. Cookies, candy and even peanut butter pies are all make our taste buds come alive. As a youngster one of my mama's tablespoons dipped in a Jar of Jiffy yielded up a tasty after school treat.
Do you like peanut butter? Do you have a favorite combination you like for making peanut butter sandwiches?
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