Author Profile: Lori Welbourne

Lori Welbourne is a syndicated newspaper columnist and entertainer. Shining light on the everyday, Lori writes about her own life experiences... stuff that anyone can relate to. Sharing stories from a positive perspective she also produces a video series that serves as an extention of her column. Whatever topic she happens to be writing about that particular week, she asks other people to weigh in on the same subject. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Lori now resides with her husband and two children in the Okanagan Valley. You can also find Lori at www.onabrighternote.ca Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/loriwelbourne Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/LoriWelbourne

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Ask someone where they see themselves five years from now and you might get a blank stare. Ask them what their favourite sandwich is, and there’s a good chance you’ll get a passionate answer.
 
“Peanut butter and pickle!” my 12 year son said gleefully when asked that question.
 
“Me too!” his nine year old sister chimed in. “But the bread needs to be lightly toasted and the pickles need to be the garlic crunchy kind.”
 
I agree.
 
I was first introduced to this delightful treat when I was the same age my daughter is now. I was at a sleep-over and my best friend Jodi made it for breakfast. I remember looking at it quizzically as it sat in the middle of an avocado-green dinner plate. I was surprised at what I saw, but I wasn’t repulsed.
 
If my mother, who liked all sorts of disgusting foods, had been serving me that same sandwich, I probably wouldn’t have wanted anything to do with it. But coming from Jodi, I didn’t think she’d steer me wrong. She hated mushrooms, zucchini and escargot just as much as I did.
 
With total trust, I picked up half the sandwich, looked into the smiling eyes of my BFF (although we didn’t call them that way back when) and took a big healthy bite. Immediately, I was hooked.
 
Twenty years later, still in love with the sandwich, I introduced it to my boyfriend.  He was less trusting.
 
“It looks gross,” Paul Welbourne said skeptically. When I reassured him that it was unbelievably delicious, he took a reluctant nibble as though he were being pranked.
 
“Well, it’s not disgusting,” he said after a few seconds. “But it’s not unbelievably delicious either. “
 
I disagree. 
 
Recently there was an article in the New York Times from an enthusiast of this wonderful underdog of a sandwich and I was delighted. Extolling the virtues of the sweet and vinegary combination, Dwight Garner shared his search for other people who loved it too. His efforts reminded me of my many unsuccessful attempts in encouraging people to just give the sandwich a try.
 
“How do you know you won’t like it?” I’ve heard myself asking so many times. “I can guarantee you’ll love it.” That’s the thing about people who really love the taste of something: they can’t imagine how anyone else might not.
 
To my surprise, I’ve been more successful at getting children to try it than adults, even thought they’re typically picky and less adventurous about food.
 
Like grown ups, they often aren’t keen on the idea initially. But since I still hate mushrooms, zucchini and escargot, I’m an adult they can trust, so they’re often willing to take a small bite. Almost always they like it, and sometimes they love it as much as my kids and I do.
 
If you ask me where I see myself five years from now I won’t give you a blank stare because I’ve given it some serious thought and have written a list of what I want. Are peanut butter and pickle sandwiches on that list? Of course not. That’s what shopping lists are for.
 
More columns, blogs, cartoons and videos can be found at LoriWelbourne.com

Our valuable member Lori Welbourne has been with us since Monday, 12 December 2011.

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