School has started and I am back to making lunch boxes every day. EVERY day! We are using the “Laptop Lunch Box” which we loved for the last 3 years. But now some compartments are missing and it’s made from plastic. Food and plastic don’t mix well in my opinion. My dear friend Maya found two great lunch box options and wrote an excellent post about them. She also made a really cool insulated bag for one of them out of a re-purposed army blanket.
Lunches are important for everyone. Think back. Doesn’t everybody remember what lunch looked like when we were kids? Well, I didn’t have lunch at school in Germany, we only had snack time. And boy, we couldn’t wait for our “Pausenbrot” which means “Break-Bread or Sandwich”. That’s the sandwich you ate at 9.20am. I remember all the details; how it looked, felt in my hand and tasted.
When my daughter started school, I tried to make the lunches fun. Colors, shapes, good food, you name it. But I often included a little note (because we had some trouble separating, my child and I), saying important things like “Have a great day”, or simply “Thinking of you, sweetie”…. you get the idea. She was always so happy, when I remembered. One day, after I had seen “Bright Star” I made a Victorian Puzzle Purse and included it in her lunch box. I was the hero of the day and upped my mama status by making “cool lunches”.
They’re really quite striking. See the entire picture How-To here.
Sometimes I put a little pop up envelope like in the top picture with a little note inside. Mornings are tough and often rushed for everyone, so I make a few notes and re-use them. When I don’t have time to be poetic, she’ll find a tiny cookie. I find that it doesn’t really matter what it is. It’s the attention that counts.
Here’s how you can make your own:
If you need line drawing instructions, Yasutomo has them here.
Why do we need a special day to tell someone we care, when it’s so easy to slip a little note into a laptop bag or lunchbox?