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Do you like to be first?

A jar of peanut butter. You want the first spoonful.

The peanut butter jar is sitting on the counter. The jar has never been opened. You walk past the peanut butter jar and hesitate. You aren’t hungry now, but you want to take the first spoonful.

You twist off the lid and remove the wrapper. You take one scoop with a spoon. You eat the peanut butter.

You are the first one to make a mark on the peanut butter.

You win.

You are the first person to eat from the peanut butter jar.

There was the first man to fly, the first man on the moon, and now the first person to eat from the peanut butter jar.

If you want to be first, but you don’t want to invent a new method of flight, or be the first person on Mars,  just go and buy a jar of peanut butter.

You can be first. 

I am going to go and take the second spoonful now.

The first spoonful.

Do you like to be first?

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Paul (birdsandtreesofthemind)

    I like to be last. I will clean out the rest of the jar when you’re done.

    • Paul, I will save all of my almost empty peanut butter jars for you.

  • I like being first to spoon the peanut butter… but I am not that anxious to be first most of the time. I think I have been the first to post my slice a time or two. That is fun.

    • I really only like to be first in line for a really good sale. I am often the slowest so I am rarely first.

  • elle1955.wordpress.com

    It seems to taste better when you break that slick shiny surface for the first time.

    • I agree Elle, the first spoonful of peanut butter does taste better. I want to go and buy a new jar right now.

  • I LOVE being the first one to eat from the peanut butter jar. (You know what irks me? Crumbs that other people leave behind in the peanut butter jar. Or in the cream cheese tub for that matter.)

    • Stacey, you are right. Nothing is worse than crumbs in the peanut butter jar. And, are they double dipped crumbs with germs or just regular crumbs? Oh, I know what is worse. When you realize the cat licked the butter in the butter dish after you have eaten your toast.

  • Elsie

    Your thoughts are too funny! Yes, I like to be the first with the peanut butter too. Why is that I wonder?

    • I am wondering that myself. I might go to Mars if you come with me.

  • Jackie Haworth Hoy

    Funny…I have never thought of that…but it is tempting to take that first spoonful of peanut butter. Jackie http://familytrove.blogspot.com/

    • Hmm. I love it. And I don’t want to go to Mars.