Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch

Okay, I’m guilty as charged.  I must admit that I have this bad habit of getting into my writing, forgetting to eat, and remembering only when my stomach begins to collapse in on itself.

Driven by hunger pains, I begin a frantic search for a quick snack and, inevitably, fall upon my favorite: peanut butter stuffed celery.  However, there is one problem.  The name of the snack is backward.

Salivating and eager to appease my sustenance-starved body, I stuff the celery into the peanut butter.  Again and again, I plunge a crisp, green rib into the thick, savory, organic spread.  Slowly, my hunger abates and I am once again free to pursue my passion – writing.

My son enters the kitchen and reaches for the same treat.  I feel myself slowly shrink into my chair.  I know what is about to happen.

Hungry, his 16-year-old body craving protein, he grasps the jar and carries it to the counter.  Retrieving bread and raspberry jelly, he quickly constructs his peanut butter sandwich.

I have now become half my size as I await the inevitable.  Chris lifts the sandwich, raises it to his lips and takes a big bite.  It takes a few seconds as tongue and palate work together to extract the flavors from his concoction.  He pauses, turns to me and exclaims, “Mom!  The peanut butter tastes like celery!”

Caught again.


 
7 Comment(s):
Doug Jenkins said...
Well I have to identify with Chris on this one, but mine would be laden with strawberry preserves instead of Raspberry.
February 6, 2009 4:34 PM
 
Beth said...
LOL, I love it, Debra. I did the same thing when I had peanut butter and celery. It is a great snack for late nights when you need a boost. I now get that from eating cheese instead of peanut butter and celery. But that's because of the eating plan I'm on. Next time, grab a small dish and put the peanut butter on it and warm it up in the microwave and dip the celery into the warm dipping sauce, it is yummy on cold nights or to have the ease of spreading it on the celery.
January 10, 2009 10:06 AM
 
Karen O'Bannon said...
Another peanut butter lover! I can eat peanut butter with just about anything. My newest crave is for the little pretzel nuggets with peanut butter in them. Mmmm... You haven't lived until you have tried them.
January 6, 2009 6:14 PM
 
Debbie Stevens said...
I am blown away by this post Debra, my daughter absolutely LOVED this healthy snack, a practise passed onto her during her days in pre-school! Even as a teenager, she had me pack a few sticks wrapped in cling wrap for morning tea at school :) Nice little read, thanks mate.
January 5, 2009 11:54 AM
 
Debra Stokes said...
You get a bonus - doing what you love and keeping your weight in check!!!! Since Chris likely doesn't want to join your diet plan, keep the celery out of the peanut butter!
January 4, 2009 8:12 PM
 
Pam Archer said...
Hilarious, Debra! You write with great wit. I would love to read more of the lighter side of you.
January 4, 2009 7:44 PM
 
Eileen Williams said...
Sounds like a very healthy snack and I'm sure Chris doesn't mind a bit of celery mixed in with his peanut butter. Oh! Wait a minute! Don't know how well the crunchy green stuff mixes with raspberry jelly!
January 3, 2009 1:09 PM
 
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