“In a child’s lunch box, a mother’s thoughts.” ~ Japanese Proverb
The packing of a school lunch can be the one thing that causes a scoop of monotony mixed with a pinch of dread to fill my soul.
Before packing a fresh lunch, first you have to retrieve the day-old lunch from a sticky slender 6 year old fingers or plump 3 year old’s fingers (in which the knuckles are still developing.)
First, I must figure out what to do with the leftovers, before starting to pack a new lunch.
First, I must tackle the lunchbox.
First, I must unzip the lunchbox.
I hate the way cool plump grapes return shriveled and lukewarm.
I hate the way brave cold peaks of hummus return huddled and hollowed in the corner of a Tupperware box.
I hate the routine of school.
I hate the way mornings are harsh and hurried, hurried and harsh. The once gentle morning light is now a reminder that time is passing rapidly and we must hurry to get to school on time.
I already miss the slow unhurried days of summer.
I am not a morning person so hurried morning routines are torturous for me.
But every negative has a positive.
The children gain a sense of routine and most importantly, knowledge.
With a few hours to myself here and there, I can attempt to get tasks done.
The time in which little ones are at school sometimes flies the fastest.
So when dinner isn’t cooked and the time is hurrying by, there’s always the idea of breakfast for dinner.
Pancakes for dinner are quick and pancakes remind me of slow summer breakfasts.
And if your little one starts the first week of school and decides to already catch a cold first week of school (!), there’s always chicken corn soup!
I am looking forward to the crisp bite of fall. By then I should be more adjusted to the morning routine! If you’re struggling like me, here’s a mother’s tips for speeding up the school lunch process as well as her routine. I tried her lunch tips this week and it’s an improvement!