the magic of PB and J


So after Status last night, my sis and I were hanging out and talking for awhile with our friend Chris in the lobby. Miriam and I were getting ready to go home/grab a bite to eat, when Chris (seemingly randomly) suggested that we have a picnic of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Earlier in the day, Chris had bought a couple jars of peanut butter, several kinds of jelly/jam/preserves and had set up a picnic table at a local park in Orlando, frequented by many homeless people. He simply offered to make sandwiches to anyone who was interested and got to talk with a lot of the people that passed through the park. He’s done this several times before, but apparently on this particular day, there weren’t as many people in the park.

Consequently, he had a bunch of leftovers.

After a massive fajita lunch at Chili’s earlier in the day, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches actually sounded pretty good, oddly enough. So when Chris offered us an impromptu picnic, we kinda thought “Yeah, why not?” Chris began rounding up more people in the lobby and we headed across the street to Chris’ Hybrid hatchback.

It kind of turned into a mini-party, with more than a dozen people crowded around the back of Chris’ car and his makeshift peanut butter/jelly buffet bar, as he quite expertly made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for all of us. Surprisingly, he had a variety of jelly options, including grape, strawberry and boysenberry. Someone even pulled their SUV up next to Chris’ car and started blasting their stereo to provide some dance music.

Someone joked that Chris should host sushi night out of the back of his car next week. haha:)

I met a bunch of new lovely people, ate a phenomenal PB and J sandwich (with boysenberry, i might add), and I witnessed something beautiful and spontaneous just arise out of nowhere in the middle of a parking lot.

I think it’s called “community.”

And then I watched two Dexter episodes.

So, all in all, I’d say it was a pretty phenomenal evening:)

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