Ode to White Bread
I dreamt last night that I was eating a tomato sandwich. Two slices of red tomatoes, sprinkled with salt and pepper, held together by fluffy white bread slathered with mayonnaise. However, when I bit into the sandwich, the tomatoes were mealy and the bread was stale.
Before I continue - I just read that dreaming about eating a tasteless sandwich means that I am running away from all of my responsibilities in my walking life. Thoughts anyone?
Back to the sandwich. More specifically, the BREAD. I love bread – all breads – white, wheat, pumpernickel, rye, bao, nan, pita, round, loaf, triangle, baguette.
There are times, however, that ONLY white bread will do. Before you start turning up your noses and getting all gourmet on me, let me be clear. I am not talking about the commercial, mushy, tasteless white bread. I'm talking about the simple, fluffy, white bread loaf with small crumbs and soft crust. The kind that is perfect for sandwiches – tomato, egg salad, peanut butter & jelly, grilled cheese, or covered with butter and jam for breakfast with a cup of tea or mug of coffee, or the late-night snack of cinnamon toast with melted butter poured on top.
For me, the beauty of this white bread is in its simplicity. It is also the beauty of memory. Being a child, eating a sandwich, and then going outside to play. Eating breakfast with my husband on vacation. Hanging out with my friends in the kitchen after a late night.
Wait a minute - I just read that dreaming about a sandwich can also mean that I am extremely happy about all those things and kindnesses in my waking life.
Tonight, I am going to buy some fresh white bread, slice it up and make a lovely sandwich with juicy ripe summer tomatoes. I will go light on the mayo, serve it with a fresh green salad and perhaps a small glass of white wine.
Beauty can be found in the ordinary; look beyond the precious and rare.
A celebration of beauty in a simple slice of white bread (filled with strawberries & whipped cream)
Now, for your reading & listening pleasure, here is an audio version of my favorite children's book, Bread and Jam for Francis, by Russell Hoban, Illustrated by Lillian Hoban.