Clif Nut Butter Filled Peanut Butter Bar: $1.49/Kroger

clifnutbutter_pbutter (3)What is it about the birth of a baby or the death of a loved one that brings out the urge to make soups and casseroles for those grieving a loss, or those gaining a baby? I am one of those who puts out the seemingly trite “is there anything that I can do for you?” offer, who is more than happy to prepare food but doesn’t want to just knock on somebody’s door with a dish or bowl. A dear friend of mine lost her father completely unexpectedly a few days ago. A spry, passionate, fit, and unique individual out of the blue had a heart ache and passed away. For all of the prayers that I am lifting up for her and her family during this devastating time, there is still that side of me that wants to DO something, and for me, that usually means a something that is eaten. I’m sure their refrigerators and freezers are going to be Tetris-stacked with dishes and that anything I contribute would be in excess so I’m leaning towards a floral arrangement, hand-drawn card, or a charitable donation in their name. My heart aches for the grandchildren because of how close they were to their grandfather.

Flowers and food. Flowers or food. After giving it some more thought, while I was eating a Clif Nut Butter Filled Peanut Butter bar, I’m contemplating a “thinking of you” basket with non-perishables and a small side bouquet. A huge pot of white chicken chili is simmering at the moment (one they can freeze if they would rather), but the grandkids could need something quick to eat on the go, and a shelf-stable thing like granola bars might seem like a silly gift, but I think that anything to make the next few days and weeks a little easier on them in between school bus rides, extracurricular activities and sports, and out of town family leaving and arriving, an easy thing to nibble, that can just as easily get shoved onto a pantry shelf for a later date, maybe could help. And in my heart I hope that this amorphous “later day” in the future comes soon for them, when they will be healing, knowing that this wonderful man’s spirit is in each of them and that they can move on embracing every memory. With my head reeling and my feet spinning circles from the truly out-of-the-blue news of his passing, I ate my way through the Clif Nut Butter Filled Peanut Butter bar numbly, only realizing with the final bite how filling and delicious it was. Like a Reese’s peanut butter cup but wrapped in a fluffy oat blanket instead of a chocolate shell. The peanut butter in the middle is only slightly in excess so on any other day I probably wouldn’t finish a whole bar without feeling overly full. For now I am full of sadness for my friend. My Dad is my hero and my provider of Whole Foods’ peanut butter, so even eating a bar with peanut butter makes me realize that I’d be lost without him. 5/5
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