#494 Cutting your sandwich into triangles

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Gooey grilled cheese drips and oozes onto heavy ceramic dishes lying on wobbly kitchen tables. Dusty sunlight beams down on the dog as you sit with your brother on Saturday afternoon beside the whirring fridge with rainbow letter magnets in front of the pea green stove.

Sandwich triangles give us more first bites and let us chomp right into the taste nucleus of our lunch.

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“Hi Neil, I was diagnosed with cancer in April 2010 and my girlfriend Theresa gave me The Book of Awesome as part of a “feel good” gift. Talk about hitting the mark for putting a smile on someone’s face! Not only do I enjoy re-living the AWESOME moments you share, I’ve also enjoyed living some new personal AWESOME moments since my diagnosis: 1) listening to my 3.5yr old daughter laugh hysterically as she pats my bald head, 2) watching my 3 month old son go from confused to happy when he figures out who I am (poor little guy can see me in a wig/scarf/hat/bald all within a short time frame), 3) continuously getting blown away by acts of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness from friends and family. This email is to thank EVERYONE who has done something AWESOME for a friend today and to thank YOU for doing something AWESOME for everyone!” – Brigitte

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43 thoughts on “#494 Cutting your sandwich into triangles

  1. My awesome thing of the day: When 1,000 Awesome Things cares enough to change the accidental repeat before I could convince myself that this would be a bad day!

  2. With many sandwich triangles you have the opportunity to eat lots and lots of tips. And we all know how good those are :D

    Brigitte, that story is amazing! I love that you seem in such good spirits in spite of your situation. Wishing you all the best, and thank you for sharing your story!

  3. My mom always made my sandwiches into butterflies…she’d use a piece of cut-off crust for the body and two smaller pieces for the antennae, and point two sandwich triangles towards eachother for the wings. I’m nearly 30 and sometimes she still makes them if I stop by for lunch:) And she knows the perfect peanut butter to jelly ratio.

  4. Where is the post on when the lyrics fits your mood perfectly? I love that one! I remember having read it earlier as number 494

  5. This is why club sandwiches from restaurants are amazing. They cut them into not TWO, but FOUR triangles. What could go wrong?

  6. When I was young, my mom would make peanut butter sandwiches that was one piece of bread, with bananas and apple cut up on it to look like a happy face. That was also awesome!

  7. I’ve read your posts for many, many moons but never commented. I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I’ve loved it when things were good and it means even more when things aren’t. I just know you’re an awesome person. Now THAT’S an awesome thing!

    PS–my fave posts are the one about the buffet–one of the first I remember reading and the worst night of sleep. This is one of the few blogs where LOL actually applies.

  8. truth be told…i liked the fact that there was a repeat, it showed just how awesome having the lyrics of a song can feel like they were written for you.
    bbbbuuuuutttt, ripping through that brown paper bag only to find those triangles wrapped in that plastic sandwich bag is AWESOME.
    note to mothers: any sort of peanut butter sandwich (pb n j, pb n fluff, etc) is ideal because of the peanut buttery residue that get stuck to your cheeks when you bite right into that middle of that wonderbread hypotenuse.

  9. Lol! I love cutting sandwiches into triangles, especially gooey grilled cheese! And lol, I had a pea green stove growing up, and it’s still at my mom and dad’s! It’s older than I am!

  10. I just HAVE to cut my sandwiches into triangles. They dont taste as good when theyre rectangles. There is a lot of pleasure in a triangle.

  11. I started to cut sandwiches for my toddler just recently. I never did that for myself before. And they do taste better ;)

    Brigitte, your story is so inspirational and powerful. I recently learned about wheatgrass juice and fenugreek sprouts that might help you along with your treatment. My thoughts and prayers are with you through your journey to speedy recovery. xoxo

  12. Yum, grilled cheese triangles! Put some sliced avacado on there, & we’re in heaven. Rachel, God bless & keep you! I’m an 11 year survivor myself, and have just attended my daughter’s graduation from junior college–something I wasn’t sure I’d get to do. I pray you’ll see your two adorable chilluns grow up!

  13. i literally told my mother when i was three that if i was having a good day, i wanted my sandwich cut in triangles. if i was having a bad day, i wanted it in squares. my pediatrician told her i was a case for the child psychologist… i think we can all agree i was just normal.

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  17. Ya, triangles are the best. I like doing that with pb and j, then I put plain potato chips in it, it’s real good :P

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  19. Hey Neil, It’s Brigitte (the person whose email you posted along with this blog entry). It’s been 3 years since I’ve been cancer-free, and I just wanted to say that TRIANGLES ROCK! My kids (now 3.5yrs and 6.5yrs old) insist that every piece of toast and sandwich that I make is cut into triangles. It makes me smile every time :)

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