Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Last Friday, I ate lunch with Em at school.
Any parent who hasn’t eaten lunch with their kid at school, I highly recommend you try it once.
It’s a blast.
In our school, when a kid has a “guest”, they get to sit at a “special table”.
AND… they get to choose one or two kids to sit there too.
The two kids we got to sit with both had cold lunch.
So, the entire conversation at lunch was about their lunches, and how they got to make them all by themselves!
After school, Em came home. As soon as she walked in the door she started digging out her lunch box.
E: “I’m going to make a cold lunch for tomorrow”
Me: “Em, you don’t have school tomorrow”
E: “But, I want to take a cold lunch”
Me: “okay, make a lunch and you can eat it tomorrow”
As she was putting things together from the fridge and cupboard, she came in to the living room to find me.
E: “Mom, can you find something to keep this cold in my lunch?”
Me: “Em, you can’t put a popsicle in there. It’ll melt and make a mess”
Our weekend came and went. Whew! It was busy!
On Monday morning, I took the kids to school and went to work.
At 10:30am I got a call.
T: “Em’s mom?”Me: “Yes.”
T: “This is Emily’s teacher. Was Emily supposed to have cold lunch today?”
Me: “uh… I don’t think so”
T: “You didn’t talk about that this morning?”Me: “no… we didn’t.”
T: “She’s right here, would you like to talk to her?”
Me: “Yeah, that’d be great!”
Suddenly, I remember the lunch from Friday.
Em gets on the phone. I could tell she was a little sad.
Me: “Hi Honey! Did you want the lunch you MADE?”
E: “Yeah!” -- somewhat happier now.
Me: “Okay,… uh… where is it?”
E: “In my room”
Me: “okay, I’ll go home and get it and bring it to you”.
The whole way home, I was worried about the popsicle. And what in the world is really in her lunch? What would I find?
I found the lunchbox in her room. Scared to find a melted popsicle, I carefully opened it over the sink.
1 small baggie of sunflower seeds
1 juice box
1 package of breath mints
Needless to say, I added to the lunch before I took it to her at school!