John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was born on this date in 1718. The English aristocrat is often given the distinction of being the inventor of the sandwich, but sandwiches have actually been consumed for centuries; they were named after the Earl of Sandwich when other aristocrats began to order their meat enveloped by two pieces of bread, “the same as Sandwich.” The Earl preferred sandwiches because they could be eaten easily with one hand during card games, but their convenience has helped them become one of the most popular meals in America, packed away in countless lunch boxes and briefcases. With endless possilbilites ranging from hamburgers to open faced roast beef, triple-stacked BLTs to hot paninis, there’s a “perfect sandwich” out there for everyone.
When I was in elementary school I periodically passed up the school lunches, opting instead for a lunchbox packed lovingly by my mom. When I opened it I would usually find some juice, a small snack, and a sandwich — and there was always a note. My mom would draw cute cartoon figures with captions and slip them into my lunchbox every day without fail. I looked forward to those notes just as much as my sandwich, if not more. Now that I’m all grown up I don’t usually get any surprises with my food (unless you count the toy in the kid’s meals I order from Chick-fil-A), but I still love a good sandwich! My favorites include cheeseburgers (with ketchup, mustard, and pickles or course!), chicken sandwiches (yeah, Chic-fil-A), open-faced roast beef sanwiches, egg salad sandwiches, and anything with avocados in it!
I felt like a kid again today: in honor of National Sandwich Day Chris made lunch for me! I haven’t had anyone make me lunch in a long time so it was a really nice treat. We both had stuff to do after work today so we made plans to commute separately. Chris woke up early, made my sandwich and put it in the fridge, and was out the door before I was even out of bed. I was so worried I was going to forget the sandwich in my rush to leave this morning, but I grabbed it at the last second. When lunch time finally arrived I was anxious to see Chris’s handiwork. I unwrapped the aluminum foil to find a turkey and cheese sandwich on wheat bread. Chris had added just the right amount of mustard and stacked the sandwich with an absolutely ridiculous amount of cheese, which was fine with me since I love cheese almost as much as he does. The meal was quite delicious and definitely a big step up compared to my usual microwaved lunch. He did a great job — maybe I’ll even get a cartoon next time!
Tomorrow we will not eat rocks, we will not spray chemicals into our eyes, and we most defintely will not play with matches — It’s Use Your Common Sense Day!