4000 Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Jim Hewitt | Portage, Ind.


I grew up in the 60's/70's. Things were different back then. School lunch boxes were cooler. They were metal with a million cool choices from all the stars of Saturday morning and beyond, embossed in the metal. Who wouldn't want to take one of those! I sure did and I took one to school every day. I never ate a school lunch even though my mom worked in the cafeteria. 

PB Sandwich

My lunch box always had the same things in it. A peanut butter sandwich (Skippy on white bread), Twinkies, and chips. I don't recall if I bought a chocolate milk or if I brought it in my thermos. The main thing is I don't ever remember taking anything different and why would I? I loved it!

My peanut butter sandwiches were pretty straight forward. Peanut butter and bread. No jelly. No jam. You might have called me a picky eater (I was) but I I prefer to think of myself as a purist. I didn't want anything getting between my bread and my peanut butter and I still don't.

When I wasn't at school I had a variation of my peanut butter sandwich. It was called 4 and Quik and my mom made the best 4 and Quik! Others tried but failed. I think my friends would agree with this statement. 

4 and Quik was a toasted peanut butter sandwich, again Skippy and white bread, cut into 4 squares (not triangles for goodness sake!) and a glass of Quik made with cold milk and Powdered Nestlé Quik from a tin can. The kind you had to pry the lid off. Mmmm, so good! 

I'm not kidding when I say I don't remember a day when I didn't eat one of these, although I'm sure on holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas I didn't, I don't recall. I did this from as early as I can remember until around the time I discovered McDonald's and was able to get that for lunch.  

So that's about 4,000 peanut butter sandwiches (and counting).