Peanut Butter and How to Tell if You are Rich!

September 1, 2011


What is your indicator for being rich?  Is it if you have a certain amount of money in the bank?  Is it about the lifestyle you live?

I grew up in what I considered an upper low-class family.  My Dad worked on cattle ranches for most of my growing up years and until he was in his mid 50’s.  At that time he and my mother had the opportunity to acquire a reasonable lease on about 7 sections of land which was the amount of land necessary to comfortably handle about 100 mother cows in the northeastern plains of New Mexico.  Of course, that depended on the amount of moisture – snow in the winter and spring/summer rain.  The land included a ranch headquarters with a small barn, pens, a historic adobe house, and low producing water well.  In later years, my parents were able to actually purchase the headquarters and the surrounding 320 acres.

My parents lived on that property until my Dad’s death right before his 88th birthday.  Their closest neighbors were about 5 miles away.  They had to travel a 5-mile section of dirt road (often muddy) to even get to a paved state highway.  The church they attended was 25 miles away and they had to drive 68 miles one way to the nearest doctor, hospital, or large grocery store.  My parents never owned a new vehicle until they were well into their 70’s.  Their 2 bedrooms, 1 bath adobe house was comfortable but not fancy and my mother made most of my Dad’s western shirts and many of her own clothes.  They lived a very simple lifestyle and until the last few years of my Dad’s life, they always had a milk cow, a few chickens, their own beef, and vegetables in the summer from my mother’s small garden.

I had 2 brothers and no sisters.  My youngest brother was 9 years younger than I was and was only 9 years old when I married and moved to California.  He recently told me a story I had never heard before.  The story was about the history of peanut butter in my Dad’s life.

Here is my Daddy’s story about his indicator of being rich.

My Dad was a young lad living with his family on the northeastern New Mexico homestead his father and mother had homesteaded in 1914.  He was the middle child of 5 children with a brother 2 years older and 3 sisters.

My Papa (grandfather) had tried to dry land farm the homesteaded land and this particular year they had a bumper crop.  In the fall, the neighbors got together to help one another harvest their crops.  My Granny needed to fix a snack for the threshing crew.  She went to town and bought some peanut butter (probably fresh ground).  Then she made biscuits and made peanut butter sandwiches.  Granny told the 2 young boys to take the sandwiches to the crew out in the field.  Fortunately for the boys, there were 1 or 2 sandwiches left over so they got to eat the leftovers.  That was the first time my Dad and his brother had ever tasted peanut butter.  Oh, but it was delicious!  Right then and there, my Dad (as a young lad) told himself and his brother, “When I get rich I am going to have peanut butter every day of my life!”

As far back as I can remember we always had peanut butter for breakfast along with my mother’s fresh baked biscuits.  It was like dessert after eggs, sausage, biscuits, and gravy.  What a rich life we had!

My parents had many struggles through their 62 ½ years of marriage and life on the ranch, yet they overcame and had a wonderfully rich life.  They never knew a stranger and my mother always had the ability to feed anyone who happened by around meal time.  They were very generous people always giving the first 10 percent of their income to God’s work.  I know times were hard and they worked hard 6 days a week but always took time to worship God and fellowship with friends and family on Sundays.

What is your indicator for being rich?  Is it if you have a certain amount of money in the bank?  Is it about the lifestyle you live?  Or is it something as simple as peanut butter?

I would love to hear your story of what indicator you use to measure your riches and what you will do to inspire and encourage others today.    I am looking forward to your stories.  After you comment in the comment section below …. go eat a peanut butter sandwich and think about how rich you are!


Have a blessed day!


Pat Moon

  Pat is a grandmother who started as an Independent NeoLife Distributor in 1985 because of family health concerns. After experiencing positive results for several family members, she chose to share the whole food nutritional supplements and natural vitamins with other people. Her confidence in NeoLife’s Whole Food Nutritional Supplements and Natural Vitamins has continued to grow because they work. Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process.  The products Pat uses and features are:

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1 Sharon G. Cobb November 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

I love this Pat – as the saying goes, ones man trash is another man's treasures.  I think it is vitally important to remember what it is that really makes us rich!  My family is what makes me rich; they feel me with so many different emotions it is hard to put into words.  I guess the best I can describe it is that they make my heart smile!

2 MamaRed November 21, 2014 at 6:15 am

What an awesome reminder of riches Pat…we tend to get caught up in the big, amazing, beautiful, powerful etc and forget the joy of the every day gifts. At the moment, my definition of success is having people who love me, despite my mistakes, missteps and sometimes whacky personality and dreams!

Laugh lots, Love more!


3 Barbara Keen November 20, 2014 at 8:13 am

What a great story about your father and his riches! I think my riches happened when I meet my husband 5 years ago. I was a single parent when we meet working 2 jobs at one point and then I decided to change my job so i could make more money and work only one job. The problem was I had to work third shift to make enough money to take care of myself and my son. It was a hard decision to leave my son all alone as I worked overnight. My son was 14 years old but as a parent it made me so nervous to leave him alone. I always made sure everything was done and okay when I left for work. I called from work in the morning to make sure he was up for school. It was tough, there were many nights I cried but I knew to keep a roof over our heads this is something I had to do. About 4 1/2 years later I meet the most loving, caring, honest man that a woman could ask for. He came into our lives and from the first day we meet he has taken my son under his wing and treats him like he is his own flesh and blood. Later down the road we watched our new condo being built where we all moved into and last year we were married. My life is complete with a son who now is 22 and goes to Temple college and a Wonderful Husband that I adore. I believe my guardian angel was looking over us and brought my husband to us to make our lives complete. Thanks for sharing your amazing story!

4 Lorii Abela November 20, 2014 at 12:09 am

Pat, what a very interesting article! Thanks for sharing!

5 Gilly November 19, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Pat I loved your story! It's so nice to learn about where you came from, your family memories, and wonderful stories! The way I measure my riches now is being close to my family and having them healthy 🙂 Although a long time ago it might of been when I got my allowance and trotting to the corner store to get my favourite Koo Koo candy 🙂

6 Heather Cameron November 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I love you story about your father, it so wonderful to see simplicity as being rich. I'm tired of the you "must have…" versus being grateful for what you do have. Having food, running water, inside plumbing, etc. Not being at war. That is truely rich. 

7 Tina November 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

What a great story!!! I will never look at peanut butter in the same way again!! When Lauren was a little girl, I told her we were rich because we always had enough money to pay the electricity bill! And now I know I'm rich because of the people I know and the friends I make through making THEM happy with flowers and gift baskets. Yes, it is my business that is affording me to be rich (no pun intended).

8 Ines Roe November 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Pat – I totally love your post. It really touched me and made me reflect. I am not sure I have the answer yet. I know I feel very fortunate and grateful for the life I get to lead. You really started me thinking of what the representation of that is for me. I love your story of the penut butter and how that has such meaning.

9 Nate November 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Hi Pat, 

I don't measure success or rich by money. I define it as the amount of value I am able to provide and share and if people hear my message and are inspired by it.  Being rich can be defined on how you life your life not about how much money.  Your post says exactly that.  Thank you Pat!

10 Roslyn November 19, 2014 at 2:36 pm

I LOVE Peanut Butter and recently read a report why it was bad for you, even healthy labeled organic type. I read my label & only ingredient that was qustionable was agave because of the sugar content. I eat a spoonful daily for my protein pick me up and it works

Pat love your story and have nuch respect for the simpler ways your parents chose to live and enjoy life. You ARE rich with skills & abilities to manage life that many of us dont have. I am Rich & measure my richness by my own abilities. Its not for this spot & we all have stories, but I know I made myself exactly who I am today & overcame some tough beginnings. Daily I feel the richness of my BEING.

Loved reading this and knowing even more about your past.

11 Meryl Hershey Beck November 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

I think being rich comes from having a fulfilled live. Giving , receiving and appreciating the little things. We all want financial security and often fail to see all that we are belssed with along the way. 

12 Nancy September 1, 2012 at 9:50 am

What a lovely storie Pat. Thank you for sharing it. 

13 Pat Moon September 3, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Nancy, glad you enjoyed my daddy’s peanut butter story.

14 Claudia Looi September 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

What a great headline…it pulls me in. A great story about your parents…their lifestyle and generosity…precious life lessons.

15 Anne (Annie) Berryhill September 3, 2011 at 7:25 am

Pat, what a sweet story. You write so nicely, I could really imagine your parents and their lives. How precious! Thanks for sharing that!

16 Olga Hermans September 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Wow, Pat almost like little house on the prairie. I have lived on the prairie and I know the dirt roads; it was a special kind of life. Being rich is a satisfied life, knowing that those around you love you no matter what. You brought back some great memories Pat; thank you for doing that!

17 Lori Thayer September 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Great stories. Thanks for sharing.

18 Michelle Pearson September 2, 2011 at 11:07 am

Great memories! Interesting that my generation may well think it just the opposite! Been fed so much peanut butter that the absence of it defines rich! But homemade biscuits! That's RICH! Thanks for sharing!

19 Solvita September 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

Pat thanks for sharing this great article…for me I feel rich when I feel at peace and happy – living my life moment by moment.

20 denny hagel September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Pat this is a wonderful story that demonstrates the impact on our lives of our perception…peanut butter means rich to one and yet losing 5 million of your 10 million in the stock market sends another to the brink of becoming a criminal!!  For me, I believe I have a "rich" life even when I am a bit short on dollars!

21 Wil September 2, 2011 at 9:03 am

Pat, What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing it with us.
Being rich? That's a hard thing to measure. As far as material riches, I guess I'd feel rich when my mortgage is paid at last, I finally have the money to buy are brand new car, and I can go to the Scottsdale Princess for a massage any day I feel like it without pinching a penny. That would be rich!
Spiritual blessings are another matter. I feel that we must appreciate them in our own special way.

22 Pat Moon September 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

Wil, I intended to say but forgot to say that my parents lived debt-free. If they did not have the money to purchase something, they did not purchase it. I am like you, I would love to be debt-free. That would be so…. freeing! Thanks for sharing – you will get there!

23 Anastasiya Day September 2, 2011 at 9:01 am

Great article Pam! Thanks for sharing.

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