Ruebens and Pacifism

A guest blog post entry by none other than my spouse, Jesse Graber. I should note that both Jesse and I are Bethel College graduates.

On a Wednesday night quest to find a Rueben sandwich for my wife, I stopped by Browne’s Irish Marketplace.  It was late, and the place was practically empty.


As the guy behind the deli was making my sandwiches he was talking to the only other person there about where they went to high school. The other guy looks at me and asks where I went to high school. I shrugged and told him I was from central Kansas and he’s never heard of it, but he asked where, so I told him I went to Newton High. Close to Wichita.

He told me he knows Newton. He went to Bethel College, in fact. He said he grew up in Junction City and followed a girl to Bethel. The first day of class another student was looking at his shirt. He knew this meant he’d have to fight him, even though he was some big farm kid. So he gets all in his face and yells “WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT? YOU WANT TO GO?” The other kid looked horrified and said no, he was just trying to read his shirt, he was a pacifist, and he didn’t want to fight.

“THAT’S RIGHT YOU DON’T” my new rueben friend said. He acted tough, but was pretty relieved. Later he went back to his roommate and asked “…What’s a pacifist?”

My rueben friend said he grew up fighting, but Bethel taught him a new vibe.

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5 Responses to Ruebens and Pacifism

  1. Amanda Lindahl says:

    Have you had the reuben at Black Sheep on 39th st.? Surely you have. It’s pretty epic.

  2. Jane Staton says:

    Really good to think of you both. Would like to keep up with this blog.

  3. Bob Carlson says:

    I love it! Great story!

  4. Laurie Hesed says:

    HAH! This is a great story. The husband of a good friend of mine once said to me, “Are you sure you’re not from New York? ‘Cause your attitude is always, ” You got a problem with that?”

    Yeah, so I didn’t grow up Mennonite.



    • Jesse says:

      Good story Jess, Ruth will probably give you more guest blog spots after that gem.
      Did your Reuben friend learn at Bethel that Pacifists are really good at arm wrestling?

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