Sometimes you just need some comfort. There’s nothing like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a big glass of ice cold milk for lunch when you’re having one of those days. For me the jelly must be grape, which some might find odd since I grew up on peanutbutter and strawberry jelly sandwiches in my lunch bag. Some of my fondest memories of my high school friend Maureen involve that sandwich. I didn’t eat lunch at lunch time; I was far too busy having fun laughing and talking to my friends to eat anything! So as Maureen and I walked the mile home we split my sandwich; even if it was raining or snowing we usually walked home. My mother never had grape jelly in the house. I don’t know why, but my maternal grandmother, Mama, always had homemade grape jelly on her table. I remember sneaking spoons of it when we were at her house and wishing I could have it at home. I never asked why we didn’t have it at home as far as I remember. I’m curious now as to what my mother’s aversion to grape jelly might have come from. I’ll never know but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying it! Sometimes on the weekend my husband and I have pbj for lunch and I always have a glass of ice cold milk with it. Even just thinking about it makes me feel cozy and comforted somehow.
Sometimes I want something comforting but not food. That’s when I turn to books. Recently my adult daughter and I went to the library together. I went to a club meeting there and she found solace from a stressful day at work in the quiet among the books. I nearly stumbled over her as I browsed the fiction section after my meeting ended as she sat on the floor at the end of a row with a small stack of books next to her. Feeling a little stressed myself I headed for my fall back authors. I decided on two short books by Rosamund Pilcher and one by Janet Evanovich. The short books I’ve read many times. I find it comforting to reread books that I particularly enjoy and Ms. Pilcher’s books have an especially cozy appeal for me as they take place in Scotland and London and the characters drink tea and sit by fires in wool sweaters throughout the stories. It’s hard to explain but I like it. The Janet Evanovich I hadn’t read before but I enjoy her Stephanie Plum series as they take place in New Jersey and the characters and plots make me laugh out loud as I read.
We all need to have food and activities that bring us comfort, even if we don’t realize that is why we enjoy them time and again. I can hardly wait for the weekend so I can curl up in the couch corner with a pbj sandwich, a glass of milk and a comforting book.