This sandwich may be the most perfect of all-American foods. I say this with all due respect to the hamburger and the pit barbeque. They’re a dream of home, the idyll of childhood.

If people don’t like them, we need to be wary, these folks may be a friend or foe. Or they may even be deserving of our pity for being lactose intolerant. If someone makes a good grilled cheese sandwich, we know to keep them in our lives forever. If people love them, we know we can love them too. And it’s something I counted on yesterday especially.

Janice sat in a recliner and refused to talk to me. Her chair was swiveled purposely back to me as I stood in the kitchen. I borrowed her favorite peach cardigan and ripped a hole in it… My apologies fell desperately short. I was running out of ideas how to right my wrong, then it came to me.

“Janice it’s lunch time. I can make us a couple of sandwiches.”

Janice unhurriedly turned around the recliner and at last decided to make eye contact with me. She shrugged and said, “I’m in no mood for peanut butter.” My eyes fixated on her arms that were crossed.

“OK, what about a grilled cheese?” Her hardened smile quickly thawed. “Bleu cheese, fontina, or aged cheddar maybe?”

“As long as we have sourdough bread Tara!” Her excited tone gave me newfound hope of a reconciliation. “Because that’s what makes it… it’s the sourdough!”

The sizzling sound of buttered bread in the frying pan may never stop the nations from going to war, but it finally terminated our sibling rivalry. All is right in my world once more. The good news— lousy doesn’t last forever. I give my thanks to this sandwich. More specifically, the cheese and the fried bread for making her happy. Truces such as these can be discovered in deliciousness, and they can arrive in five quick minutes. Just don’t forget the sourdough bread.

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1 year ago

Melissa, I needed some good news, and you just made my day! I have never heard of a grilled bleu cheese sandwich, but it sure sounds great.

Now I am so hungry!

1 year ago

Melissa, this is the perfect story to begin the “Good News” contest! You are so right. A grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food, the universal panacea for anything from a skinned knee to a relationship ending. I’m like Chris, though – now I am so hungry!!

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1 year ago

Ok, that’s it, Melissa. I’ve been thinking about your story ever since I read it the first time. I finally broke down and ordered a grilled cheese sandwich. Comfort food, here I come!!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Hello, Melissa. Thanks for sharing this story with us. Like Chris and Fuji – I feel so hungry now. 

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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1 year ago

You’re welcome. Yes, I agree.

Henry Vinicio Valerio Madriz
Henry Vinicio Valerio Madriz(@henry-vinicio-valerio-madriz)
1 year ago

Interesting, funny, and cheerful story!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
1 year ago

What a simply delicious story, Melissa. Thank you for inspiring me to experiment with different cheeses.

Arianna Randall
Arianna Randall(@arianna-randall)
1 year ago

Beautiful story, Melissa! I’m the oldest of five children and know first hand the need of a sibling truce! And good food:) I must say, however…I’m dairy free and grain free, and I haven’t eaten a grilled cheese sandwich in years! This made me miss it, though!

Kayja Daniels
Kayja Daniels(@kayja-daniels)
1 year ago

This was so cute. Sadly, I think I’m more of a Janice, though.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

If only I’d known the power of the grilled cheese sandwich when my sister and I were younger, Melissa. Your mouth-watering story not only put a smile on my face but also had me reaching for the toaster! A great read.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Your story not only made me hungry (like other readers), but also made me laugh out loud when I read that the sound the bread and butter make in the frying pan “may never stop the nations from going to war…” It’s a wonderful story, Melissa, and it shows both your good sense of humor and your skills in the kitchen. And now, I’m off to the kitchen. Luckily, I have some… Read more »

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