I go light on the mayo,
add some Grey Poupon,
layer sliced tomatoes,
pickles and cucumbers,
pile on leaves of romaine
for the final touch,
in between two slices
of whole wheat bread.
The kids are adults,
living on their own.
It’s just hubby and me at home.
Yes, I still make lunches.
I have mastered “the sandwich.”
From turkey to tuna to egg salad
or chicken, to this new veggie delight.
Suddenly, I’m standing in the kitchen,
my kids are little, small shoe sizes
by the door, Lego on the floor in
his room, barbies scattered in hers,
the days in the nineties
when peanut butter and jelly ruled.
I should tally all the peanut butter jars,
jelly flavors or jam, if you prefer,
and slices of bread that
were consumed back then.
The hustle and bustle of early hours
on school-day mornings,
kids tossing a coin for the shower.
Hair dryer working overtime with her long
thick mane. He and I, donning various
hats for our roles as cab driver, cook,
teacher, counselor, hugger, father, mother.
I shake my head, smiling,
in the present on a workday.
I reach for an apple.
Tomorrow, we buy!
Lauren Scott (c) 2022
Some fun for a Saturday smile.