“I made a sandwich out of things. I’m an American. We can eat anything as long as it’s between two pieces of bread.”

The dump was fairly empty today. I was horrified to see one bag of my trash had maggots. That one had been in the trunk since Thursday. Seeing those crawling maggots whizzed me back in time to my childhood. Our house had an outside garbage pail. It was in the ground with a metal flip top you opened with your foot. The pail usually had maggots. My mother had a triangular plastic garbage holder which she kept in the corner of the sink. She’d nab one of us to empty the garbage outside. I hated to touch it afraid I’d get garbage on my hand. Every week the garbage man came to empty it. I couldn’t think of a worse job. Even the truck smelled bad.

Today is lovely. It is cool, in the high 60’s, and so sunny the light glints off the leaves and shines through the branches. The breeze is cool but not chilling. A short sleeve is enough. I have one more errand I couldn’t do yesterday in the rain, those flowers. I saw my neighbor, also my landscaper, this morning and alerted him to the flowers which will need planting. He told me not to worry. I won’t.

When I was a kid, I was always busy in the summers. I was seldom home. I used to pack a lunch and take it with me. It was bologna if there was any left, but sometimes I had to use peanut butter and Fluff, but I never saw it as a second choice. Bologna was a neat sandwich. Fluff was not. Usually it seeped out the sides unto my fingers when I held my sandwich to eat it, and I often had a fluff mustache. It was sticky.

In Ghana, I used groundnut paste, peanut butter paste to us. It was thick and was a soup base for groundnut stew. I ate it as a snack on bread with jelly, but I had to thin the paste or it would tear the bread. I used groundnut oil to do that. My cupboard was never bare of groundnut paste.

I still love peanut butter and Fluff sandwiches. The only difference is I’m much neater now.

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10 Comments on ““I made a sandwich out of things. I’m an American. We can eat anything as long as it’s between two pieces of bread.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I finished my lunchtime sandwich, and fruit, and in walked a couple of friends, Edi and Etrit with Lorik Cana. I didn’t know Lorik was coming otherwise I would have had a hundred questions ready to go.

    Lorik played football all over Europe and represented Albania 93 times. Like my friends, he and his family were from Kosovo and dealt with all the issues attendant with persecution

    Edi is the poster child for why our country is great. He came as a refugee with his family at the age of 14. Some 19 years later he has risen to prominence as an entrepreneur. His success has been recognized at a national level and been reported by the likes of NBC.

    This country provided a safe haven for Edi’s family and an environment where he could flourish and excel. We will watch the World Cup together. Maybe Lorik will join us, who knows.

    It isn’t important who goes to the White House, it is important who we welcome to our House

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My father would have been a Trump man in the beginning because Trump was a republican. He would have hated Hillary because she was a woman. My father was of the WWII generation which had the old views, the old way, but never would he have seen religion or nationality as the reasons to hate, to fear or to exclude.

      I so agree with your last sentence!!!

  2. Bob Says:

    I enjoy a variety of sandwiches including the one I ate last night, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado on toasted French bread. I also enjoy deli sandwiches on rye bread. Both hot and cold Italian sub sandwiches and tacos. My spouse likes all the above and Vietnamese Bánh mì sandwiches. Every sandwich I like was brought to this country by immigrants or modified by immigrants. Without immigrants bringing their culture here in the form of food we would be eating only peanut butter on Wonder white bread sandwiches. Obviously, we can’t have wide open borders, but a fair immigration policy only serves to enrich our country and create new businesses such as Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian American) of Google or Elon Reeve Musk (South African American) of Tesla automobiles.

    No rain today just another cool 92 degree day.

    • katry Says:

      That sounds like a great sandwich. I love a similar one, a panini; in fact, I had my sister give me a panini machine for Christmas just so I could make my sandwich.

      I too love a variety of sandwiches, hot and cold. I haven’t ever eaten a Bánh mì sandwich as there are no Vietnamese restaurants around.

      On some Fridays when I was a kid, my mother gave us money so we could buy a sub at the shop close to school. I always had to order tuna as it was Friday, a no meat day. I remember I had pickle, onions and hot peppers on it.

      Immigrants helped build this country and eliminating diversity weakens us.

      • Bob Says:

        A local sub shop here has an avocado and muenster cheese sandwich with sprouts. It’s a very different but delicious sandwich. I am not a fan of the Banh mi because I don’t like cilantro or pickled daikon.

      • katry Says:

        I have never had pickled daikon.

        I’ll eat sprouts if they happen to be on the sandwich, but I don’t choose them for here at home.

  3. olof1 Says:

    If You had been a devoted fisher woman You would have been happy to see free bait 🙂 🙂 It was most likely the same kind of maggots they can buy for fishing 🙂 🙂

    Cold morning here, just below 32F when I woke up 🙂 It still isn’t especially warm but that’s because we have clouds in the sky, something they missed in the predictions yesterday. I don’t mind because tomorrow ill be hot again.

    The Swedish name for peanuts is actually ground nut. I don’t think I’ve ever seen peanut oil in the regular stores here and they only well one or two different kinds of peanut butter. They sell loads of different brands when it comes to peanuts though. I don’t know why but we love peanuts here but not peanut butter 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      I think maggots are gross. There they were crawling on the outside the bag but, thankfully, none in my trunk.

      It has been cold ere the last couple of days but not as cold as you’ve had. It will get warmer closer to the weekend.

      Peanut oil is a healthy alternative to other oils. It is perfect for frying and was all I used in Ghana. When I came home, I thought my fried eggs were bland. I was used to them being fried in peanut oil.

      We have a huge selection of peanut butters in a variety of flavors, like almond butter. One I don’t like is peanut butter swirled with jelly. I alternate between creamy and crunchy peanut butter.

      Good peanut butter tastes just like peanuts.

      Enjoy your day!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I still have the in ground garbage pail. It’s missing the liner and the cast iron foot pedal on the cover is half missing. It’s in the useless piece of grass next to the back steps. That area is all grown over with dames rocket, pokeweed, bittersweet vine, dock, buttercups and celandine and there is a small black walnut tree growing in the spot where the garbage pail was. It might even be growing out of it. I can’t tell. I should probably check. But I do remember the garbage man carrying the liner out to the street to dump it in the “honey wagon”, as my father called it. It smelled. There were maggots. The raccoons used to jump on the pedal to try to open the cover. I’d hear them in the wee hours of the morning. CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! They never succeeded but they never stopped trying.

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter and Fluff, peanut butter, bananas, and lettuce. All good choices. Bologna was usually a neat sandwich but sometimes I liked to add mayo and pickles or mustard and sliced onions and that could get messily unstable.

    The weather is still cool and damp. I turned the heat on. Much later, it came on by itself. I didn’t mind at all.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      You have a neat historic artifact in your yard. I love that it is surrounded by a tree, weeds and flowers. Ours too was close to the back steps in a corner beside the start of the blacktop yard. It had dirt all around it. I loved the sound, that clang, when it was opened. We didn’t have visitors that I can remember. I have this vision in my memory bank of the guy and his pail. He wore the dirtiest gloves and a t-shirt with the arms torn off. It too was filthy.

      My bologna sandwiches always had hot peppers. I used to cut the peppers up but somehow the pieces never got all that small. They made lumps in the bread. I like mayo on my bologna sandwiches.

      It is a cool morning here and will stay in the low 60’s. I also turned the heat on as my house was only 63˚. It turned off at 68˚. I’m wearing a sweatshirt.

      Have a great day!

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