Every once in a while I crave a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made with Skippy peanut butter, Welsh’s grape jelly, and of course, fresh white bread. I am not sure if it is the actual taste that I crave or the chance to relive a moment in my childhood. Nevertheless when the urge comes, there is only one thing I can do: Go to the cupboard, get the Skippy, and make it all happen. Today was one of those days. I went to the cupboard and was startled to find an unopened jar of Jif peanut butter! Jif? But my craving is for Skippy just like I had in my lunchbox every day in elementary school. I looked further into the depths of the cupboard for surely there was a jar of Skippy hidden there. I found something far worse than finding a jar of Skippy in the very darkest corner of the cabinet. I found another jar of Jif!!! At that moment, I had a vague recollection of a 2-for-1 sale at Publix and thinking at the time I should at least try Jif.
I quickly recalled a 1970’s TV ad:
“Choosy mothers choose Jif”
I suppose the idea behind the marketing effort was that every woman would want to be seen as a “choosy mother”, someone who wanted only “the best” for her child. I am not sure if they choose Jif, but my daughter and four daughters-in-law all choose what they think is the best for their children with respect to the food they eat, the schools they attend, their music teachers, and athletic coaches and programs.
As women, I would like to think that we are all “choosy women”, choosing the right life partners and friends with whom we can truly be ourselves, the right career that allows us to flourish and feel good about ourselves, and the right life style that enables us to maintain a healthy mind and body. Being choosy requires both patience and energy to engage in an analytical approach to our selection process. High SUCCESSTROGEN women are “choosy women.”
Throughout my life, I have been very choosy when it came to my career, carefully selecting a field I cared about and one in which I had the skill set to positively influence the lives of others. I have also been choosy about my residence, finding a place with a high level of energy and a diverse mix of residents. I am also choosy when it comes to maintaining a healthy mind and body, however, occasionally not choosy enough!
One might argue that I have been far too choosy in selecting a life partner. I would love to chat more about that but right now I’ve got to go to Publix to buy a jar of Skippy, and drop off the two jars of Jif at a local food bank.