The sack lunch was always something magical when I was a kid. It was made after I went to bed and showed up on the kitchen counter when it was time to go to school in the morning. I always looked forward to discovering come lunchtime what goodies had ended up in that brown bag. Even better than the snacks and sandwich and fruit was the little love note I would always get from my mom. It was always written on the backside of a Far Side comic torn off of one of those desktop calendars. I’d read the note first: “Have a wonderful day today! Love, Mom” or “Learn a lot today! Love, Mom” and then flip it over to see the latest antics of those silly talking dogs or absent-minded Vikings. I always felt so loved. So although I am in no way looking forward to sack lunch duty with my own kids, I do look forward to sharing a love note each day. What signs of love ended up in your lunchbox as a kid? How do you show your kids you’re thinking of them when they’re at school? Here are a couple of ideas – help me add to them!
- Make them a breakfast treat in the shape of a heart (yogurt or oatmeal with toppings in the shape of a heart, cinnamon toast with the cinnamon in a heart shape, etc.)
- Use a cookie cutter to make their lunch sandwich the shape of a heart
- Create fortune cookie strips of paper to be dropped into each lunchbox
- Write a note on the bag or napkin
- Have siblings write messages to each other that mom or dad can drop into future lunches