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“Grilled cheese makes me feel beautiful!”

February 16, 2012

Taped to the front of the FeelGood kiosk is the following quote from actress Emma Stone: “I’m into grilled cheese.  Grilled cheese makes me feel beautiful!”  Until the other day, when a customer and friend of mine expressed dissatisfaction with the quote, I hadn’t given its presence a second thought.  She commented that grilled cheese doesn’t make her feel beautiful and questioned whether FeelGood should display this quote.  She thinks we need a quote that reads, “grilled cheese makes me feel good“: a statement that aligns more closely with our mission.

The conversation was brief–I had to take another customer’s order and she had to head to class–but nevertheless, it lingered in my mind.  Why doesn’t grilled cheese make her feel beautiful?  Perhaps because it’s not typically regarded as a health food, it brings up issues of body image?  Or maybe it has something to do with the red pasta sauce stains that inevitably rim your mouth and the melted cheese that is so hard to keep from oozing onto your fingers.  On the other hand, why would grilled cheese invoke a feeling of beauty in Emma Stone?  Does grilled cheese make her happy and that happiness subsequently shines through in her outward appearance?  Or maybe the quote simply came from a Kraft advertisement and reflects nothing about Emma Stone whatsoever.  To be honest, I don’t understand either side–grilled cheese sandwiches don’t illicit feelings of beauty or lack thereof in me.

This encounter got me thinking: what is the purpose of the grilled cheese sandwich at the FeelGood kiosk?  At a discussion about world hunger that FeelGood hosted the other day, a fellow officer asserted that “buying and eating a sandwich connects [her] to world hunger.”  Presumably, it makes her “feel good.”  It isn’t a far reach to imagine that this is true for most members of FeelGood when they devour their sandwich.  But what about our customers?  Do our grilled cheeses serve as a connection to the work being done to end hunger world wide for them?  Or are they just a means to satisfy their own hunger, please their taste buds, and provide them with their daily dose of calcium? I would hope they serve the former function.

Going back to Emma Stone’s “grilled cheese makes me feel beautiful” quote, perhaps my friend is right.  Perhaps, in an effort to nurture a connection between the FeelGood grilled cheese sandwich and ending world hunger, we should find a different, less shallow quote to display.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah permalink
    February 29, 2012 2:08 pm

    Who put the sign there in the first place? Can you take it down?


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