Tomorrow is my youngest's birthday and so that calls for a special lunch. Nothing outrageous, mind you. We let her choose between leftover chicken and a roast beef sandwich (she chose the chicken) and there will be some cut up strawberries, apple and something crunchy to round it out. There will also be a homemade marble cupcake with purple icing. Why purple? I presume it's because when I asked her what kind of icing she wanted she was putting on her purple pyjamas for bed, but who knows, really.
There will also be a note.
I used to write notes from time to time to tuck in my kids' lunches. When my Middle got her hamster it pooped all over the place the day we brought it home. I don't blame the little guy, honestly. If someone yanked me from my fluffy group snuggle and stuck me in a dark box for a ride to who-knows-where, I would likely be a little stressed, too. Still, the arrival of The Hamster prompted a series of drawings slipped into her lunch bag featuring said hamster in various scenarios, always with a tell-tale trail of little black dots behind him. Then we would share a laugh about the note at the end of the day.
My husband also went through a writing-on-bananas phase, where he would scrawl out a quick note on each kid's banana skin using his Sharpie marker. Good times, those.
These days a lunch bag note would likely mortify my big kids. Or perhaps earn them an unfortunate nickname for the rest of their school days. Either way: not happening. My little would like notes, I suspect, but I'm too harried most mornings to think about it. But tomorrow, when the day she came into our lives will be fondly on my mind, I will tuck a little note into her lunch bag, beside her custom cupcake with purple icing. A little reminder to her that she's special and we're so glad she arrived safe and sound on a stormy Feburary night 7 years ago.
What about you? Do you have any lunch bag customs that you use to let your kids know you're thinking about them?