Last night was the first night of VBS at our church. I volunteered to do the meal–grilled cheese sandwiches, watermelon, Chex mix, juice boxes and cookies for 20 kids and the adults brave enough to take them on. There were several ladies to help make the sandwiches and I discovered something. Not everyone makes  grilled cheese the same.
My grandmother makes grilled cheese the way I do. My mother makes grilled cheese the way I do. My husband, also uses the same technique. I kind of thought this was IT. Nope.
As I sliced watermelon, my friend began buttering the as yet ungrilled sandwiches assembled on the counter. I was amazed. Butter the bread? I melt butter on the griddle in a bread slice-sized puddle and then drop the sandwich in. My friend was equally astonished by my technique. Neither of us had ever thought to make grilled cheese the way the other did. Huh.
Which reminded me that just because someone, say, pitches their novel via a query letter and gets a book deal, doesn’t mean that’s how I’ll do it. Maybe my book will get picked up because I talk to an editor at a conference. Or maybe a friend will refer me. Or maybe an agent will trip over my blog and be smitten. Or maybe . . .
Whether I butter the bread or the griddle, the main thing is that I keep grilling cheese. And honestly, no matter the technique, who doesn’t like warm, melty cheese?? (Other than that one eight-year-old who also doesn’t eat chocolate. Poor kid.)