When it comes to lunch, our art challenge prompt for today, one of my favorite smile makers is a big ole sandwich. I love all types of sandwiches, even though, with regard to nutrition, that sad sprig of lettuce and tiny tomato slice isn’t likely to provide enough fiber for a meal. This is a grilled chicken sandwich as I don’t often eat red meat or much meat at all. And if I’m eating out, this is usually paired with a pile of french fries. Another definite smile maker. Despite my love of sandwiches, many are incredibly difficult to eat. One bite can send things squirting out in all directions. Or upon biting in, a series of ingredients decides to use this as their chance to escape all at once. Not to be dismayed I just try taking bigger bites until I look a bit like the hungry Beast devouring a deer, ashamed to be discovered by a shocked Beauty coming around the corner. A bit of an exaggeration to be sure. A sandwich is nowhere near the size of a deer. But I still enjoy them thoroughly.
A few weeks ago, Philippe and I were shopping at Trader Joe’s just before a Sunday lunch. He seemed to be in a bit of a trance and was carefully selecting ingredients. “I’m excited to try my sandwich,” he said simply. And when I asked him exactly what kind of sandwich it would be, he just gave me a mysterious glance. I let him have his secrets, but did confirm that referring to it as his sandwich didn’t mean I wasn’t going to be privy to the unveiling. He said he would share it, so I was anxious to see what he came up with. The resulting sandwich was essentially a BLT, but with extra tomato, arugula, organic turkey bacon, avocado, an egg, and some homemade aioli. It was, in a word, scrumptious! Even though it nearly exploded on the first bite. Since then, I’ve consistently requested “my sandwich” be on the Sunday lunch menu. It’s actually the entire menu as it’s the meal in itself. I’m sure we’ll tire of it, but for now, it’s become a lovely little tradition.
As a kid, I preferred a grilled cheese sandwich, the easiest kind of all to eat properly. Paired with a bit of tomato soup, it was the perfect meal. And I do still enjoy it today. But as I’ve grown up, I’m not shy about trying new sandwiches and just jumping in with glee. It’s how I approach pretty much everything in life really. I can be rather gluttonous when it comes to trying new things. It’s just such a joy to experience them, but the real fun of the adventure is to see if anything might actually work out as I intended. Even when things get a bit messy, I’m still happy to have tried them. Looking back, I’m not sure anything in life has ever worked out exactly as I envisioned it. Many times, it’s turned out even better than I imagined. So you’ll always find me gleefully going back for more and finding new crazy things to try next. If I ever find myself uncertain, I don’t sweat it. I’ve learned that it’s always best to start anything new by simply taking a big bite.
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