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S. A. Slack

S. A. Slack

I'm a writer of mysteries, fantasy, and children's books. I reside in the city of the famed Alamo and River Walk, San Antonio, Texas. I'm currently working on a YA fantasy set in a world of unique magic.

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SHADOWED IN THE SPRINGS, I have read a lot of mystery over the years and S A Slack is right up there in style, story-line, and yes, keeping you guessing. -- An Intrigued Critic
“VYOLET, WITH A “Y”, a delightful fantasy, quickly grabs the readers’ attention and draws them into the exciting realm of Asterdon...Slack has the wonderful ability to transport a reader from the comfort of their recliner to a foreign environment using only words. Debra E., published author

Peanut Butter Thoughts

Peanut Butter Thoughts

Peanut Butter Thoughts

Last night, being very tired, I put down the book I was reading, turned out my bedside lamp, snuggled under the covers beside my already fast-asleep husband, and closed my eyes, hoping for a blissful nights sleep.

No such luck!

Thoughts of the rather traumatic afternoon replayed in my mind, one after another, almost as if someone had put in a DVD, then sped it up. Images flew through my head, ones of past, present, and future.  My mind would travel down one path only to take off on another.  It was never ending, not to mention unsettling.  I tried to divert my brain with deep and steady breathing, readjusting my pillow, turning on my side, and looking across the room at the clock which I’d already turned toward the wall  (I’m a terrible clock watcher.)  Nothing helped to stem the flow, that is until three words came out of no where….

“Peanut Butter Thoughts”

This got my attention, stopping my mind in its tracks. Peanut Butter Thoughts? What? Weird! Where did that come from? How did it fit in with all of my fast flowing thoughts?

It didn’t.

I’d never heard that phrase before that I know of. Was I hungry? No.  But it did the job. My mind relaxed and I soon fell asleep.

I’ve been thinking about this most of the morning, trying to analyze what it might mean.

Could it be that much of our daily lives stick to us like peanut butter? That experiences and images attach themselves to our minds and memories, holding on for opportunities to surface from time to time?

Yes, I believe so.

Okay, so how do we “put them to bed” in order to get to sleep, to get the rest we need? Have you ever tried to rinse off a spoon of peanut butter with only cold water? It takes lots of HOT water to force it loose.  How about when peanut butter gets stuck to the roof of your mouth?

So, what is the “hot water” you use to loosen your “peanut butter thoughts?”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

6 Responses to Peanut Butter Thoughts

  • Maybe you ate some Peanut Butter before you went to bed… Of course I’ve heard anecdotal accounts of mice coming to lick your lips if you do that. Probably untrue. 😀

  • It’s so true! My life does the same thing to me, it sticks like crazy when I just want to relax. What I do is find closure in my head first and then make a firm resolution to move on to whatever I’m planning on doing next. I think, “I can’t do anything about this now,” or, “I am not going to deal with that right now, I’m going to do this…” and then I follow through.

  • Since almost nothing washes peanut butter off, and most of my thoughts work the same way, I decide not to worry about clearing them away. The mind will focus on what we directly point it towards, right? So I acknowledge my ideas, worries, wishes, regrets and whatnot “Yes, I’ll remember that pile of laundry in the morning, brain, no need to nag”. Then, I turn my attention to building a nest, a cubby, a dream paradise. What does it look like there? Are the trees swaying in the soft breeze? Crickets chirping? Water flowing somewhere nearby? Oh yes! Now I notice the plump cushions to one side where I’d like to rest my head and relax. By the time I’ve sculpted my dream world, I’m asleep and forget the chaos. Until a new day anyway.

  • My first idea when I read this was that your thoughts were flowing so fast that you needed a “Peanut Butter Thought” to stick in there and jam them up! Maybe something calming and less stressful to dwell on.

    I’m pretty horrible at sleeping, but I do know that when I catch my brain telling me stories, I am finally on my way to getting some rest. Sometimes, I try to relax myself by creating stories for my mind to focus on. Giving it something to do, like create characters and set a scene, pulls it away from dwelling on bills and to-do lists, or whatever else is going on in life. If I’m lucky, sometimes I even fall asleep and continue the story!

  • To get rid of “peanut butter thoughts” I take a deep breath, tell myself “I am calm and relaxed”, and start thanking Heavenly Father for my blessings, one by one. it’s easy to fall asleep this way.

  • Thank you all for the great advice you’ve shared with me and our other readers. Many good things for us to think about.

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