A $60 Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich | Danny's Universe

When the word "investment" comes up in a conversation about a peanut butter sandwich, you know you're going to have a story to tell later on.
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This is that story. 

I'm a believer in the age-old adage that you "get what you pay for."  Sometimes though, I question if I really want to "get it" in the first place.  

As you probably know, there's a principle in business and life called the law of diminishing returns.  Although this may not be the best example, please keep this law in mind as well as the law of sowing and reaping as you read. 

The Story
Many years ago, a young friend of mine asked if he could come to my home to get my opinion on a new business he was in.  

He said, "You don't have to buy anything.  I get credit just for showing you... I really respect your opinion."

I knew I was in for a sales pitch.  After all I had used the same lines myself.  I had even taught these techniques to others.  

My first instinct was to gently brush him off.  Then, I remembered how much I truly liked this young fella. 

I also remembered how many people had let me talk to them over the years, using these same tactics.  As clever as I thought I was, most of whom had probably seen through my thinly veiled lines of  excrement.

So, I half-begrudgingly said yes.  His mom and dad were friends of mine, and I had known him his entire life.  Besides I was curious as to what he was up to.  Maybe I really could help him. 

At the appointed time, my doorbell chimed and in walked my young friend.  He did everything right.  He smiled, made small talk, dished out compliments... yada yada yada. 

To make a long story short, he was selling knives.  I'm sorry, at those prices I should use the correct terminology, cutlery.

Don't get me wrong, everything I saw was very nice, American made, and high quality.  The company offered a lifetime guarantee, along with all the bells and whistles. 

Here was this kid, whom I had known for his entire life, sitting in my kitchen with hundreds of dollars worth of knives, working to go to college.

The real problem was timing.  I too was still pretty young, and I already had a bunch knives.  Even then, I ate out a lot.  I only occasionally used 3 or 4 of the knives I had.

I remember thinking to myself, "How can I get out of this situation without hurting his feelings, and still help him?"  

I knew when I set the appointment I would buy something, whether I needed it or not.  So, I did what any self-respecting Twenty-something  cheapskate would do.  I  scanned the price list, reading each item from right to left.

I quickly spotted something called the Spatula Spreader. The cost was, if I remember correctly only $60.  (If you want one, they now cost $75.)

I asked what it was.  He showed it to me and began using terms like "ergonomic handle and fatigue resistant design."  

It had a full tang.  Of course my junky ole knives only had a partial tang.  Imagine my shame!  It was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

He then said the magic words, "peanut butter & jelly sandwich."  This tool would be perfect for cutting them, and would last forever, or my money back!

When I thought of how many sandwiches I could prepare, this was such a small "investment" indeed.

Needless to say, we filled out all of the paperwork and finalized my purchased.   In other words I bought it.

Now many years later, I still own it.  Although, I've only used it a handful of times, I always smile as I use it to cut through a PB&J. 

The Lesson
I really didn't need a fancy peanut butter spreader at that time in my life.  I would just as soon have written a personal check to my young friend.  

I bought the knife because I wanted to encourage him.  I was able to sow a very small seed into what has become a very bright future for him.

Looking back on it, I wish I had bought more that night.  It would have been a wise investment! 

On the official Cutco website, I see that they offer an ice cream scoop, and it has a comfort grip handle that is capable of scooping big portions!
(Btw, This is not a paid ad. I just like the scoop.)

Thanks for reading, 
Love one another

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need, please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice.


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