Every American loves a good ole PB&J. Peace Corps Volunteers are no different. If anything we crave and love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich more than anyone. A few weeks ago, a K10 volunteer that came in and talked to us made all of our dreams come true and surprised us with what felt like a lavish spread of jams, crunchy and creamy peanut butters and sliced white bread. I carefully applied some creamy peanut butter on my stark white bread and topped it with crunchy peanut butter then I really went for it with two jams, half fig spread and half raspberry spread.
After thinking about this I realized that this experience was pretty symbolic for me. The peanut butter was able to represent my really good friends here, Emily, Haley, Will and Britt. Those are the people that have kept me whole and sane here in Cambodia so far. Those are the people I willingly and loving choose to surround myself with. Like when you eat peanut butter and it gets stuck on the roof of your mouth and no matter how hard you try it is really hard to separate from the roof of your mouth….yeah that’s my people, I’m stuck with them and I’m glad I can’t separate from them.
Then you have that extra zing from the jam. That extra flavor. That extra bit of yumminess. That’s those spunky volunteers that make everyone’s day. Those positive people that are just goofy and fun loving. Those are the people that make this experience incredible. We have a lot of spunky people and they have made me laugh countless times and warmed my heart an incredible amount. Those people are glue. Those people are what make both the sandwich and this Peace Corps experience whole.
Then you have that white bread. It wouldn’t be a sandwich without the bread. And PST wouldn’t be what it is without those time constraints, schedules and barriers. That bread stops anything from getting out and PST is designed for us to be busy and jammed full of information. It is designed to be the structure that sets us up for success a permanent site and the bread is the structure of a sandwich.
Every part of that sandwich is important and serves a purpose and none can function without the other. The same goes for this PST Peace Corps experience. I wouldn’t want my sandwich structured any other way or with any different people. PST is coming to a close and this peanut butter and jelly sandwich helped me to come full circle and realize just how pivotal this experience had been and will be for me.
This beautiful medley led to what I like to call my peanut butter and jelly series which you can scroll through below.