When I first started packing school lunches seven years ago (seven!) I was full of enthusiasm and weird ideas. I knew from being the daughter of a teacher that teachers notice what kids pack in their lunches, and so I set out to pack Teacher Impressing Lunches. Oh, the interesting, creative lunches I packed!
What I failed to take into account was this:
1) Teachers are no longer in the room at lunchtime, which means that I should have spent more time peeling tangerines than making wee sushi rolls.
2) Kids are very conservative and my Creative Interesting Lunches were getting my kid the reputation as That Kid Who Has Weird Lunches.
So now I don't knock myself out. Observe:
From left to right: a bin of cherry tomatoes, red pepper strips and cauliflower with a smaller bin of poppyseed dressing, an egg salad sandwich cut with a heart-sandwich cutter, a box of raisins (our one concession to normalcy - the poor child would love to fill her lunchbox with Lunchables and Dunkaroos and Wagon Wheels and I just cannot bring myself to do it, but look! Raisins IN A LITTLE BOX! I am nothing but fun.), a honey tangerine UNPEELED, and SIX SNICKERDOODLES. She's bringing one for each of her friends. And this lunch is remarkable for two reasons:
1) It's remarkably boring aside from the tremendous amount of cookies.
2) My kid made most of it herself!
You'd think I was able to sit around like a lady of leisure this morning, seeing that I didn't even need to get myself dressed but nope - I still had to run around like a headless chicken. BUT SHE MADE HER OWN SANDWICH.