There was a time, before Martha Stewart made people ashamed over putting together meals that were too simple, when a parent would satisfy a hungry child by putting together a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was always an easy fallback when anything else might have taken more time to prepare, or special items were missing from the cupboard.
And in many families before a child was old enough to learn how to boil water, the child could learn how to spread the ingredients and make a PB&J for himself or herself.
Tonight when I was picking up a few groceries at the supermarket, I saw this:
It is a package of frozen pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. At the sale price of two packages for $5, a two ounce frozen sandwich costs 62.5 cents. And there seems to be a market for it.
Have we come to this? Is there such a shortage of time in modern life that neither a parent, nor a caregiver, nor a child can make a humble PB&J?
I am still stunned.