Okay, we want to know: So your assignment for March 15 is to share your memories of school lunches. What kind of school did you attend–public, private, parochial, city or country? Did you bring lunch from home or buy in the school cafeteria? Or, did you go home for lunch? What did your lunch look like? Who prepared it? Who did you have lunch with? Was this a happy part of the school day? What did you do during lunch time other than eat your PB & J sandwich?
I attended a public school in a small town. My class had 52 graduates, and it was one of the biggest classes in the school. For most of the time, I was eligible for a ‘free lunch’, a hot lunch from the school, but I didn’t like them. So typically I brought my lunch from home. Because we didn’t have much money, most of the time I got a peanut butter sandwich, and to this day, I don’t eat a peanut butter sandwich very often, if at all. I do recall a lot of how the school lunches looked, giant greasy squares of pizza (they always served it with rubbery corn), mystery meats that only tasted good with ketchup, and at this time of year, all the stinking fish on Fridays. Couldn’t they once have just made macaroni and cheese, or even grilled cheese? Uck. You couldn’t pay me to eat those now. As a kid, lunch was probably a pretty fun time of day, but as I got older, it was less fun, I stopped eating altogether at lunch or had a snack of some sort and a soda. I hung out with my friends, scrambled to do some homework, or sat and gossiped happily.
*Note, as a kid, I remember having a She-Ra lunchbox including a thermos that was blue. I really hope that I can find a similar thing for my daughter to take to lunches, because of the greenness of it!
**Additional note, if you DO have kids and you regularly send them stuff in plastic baggies, consider a switch to reusable baggies, they can often be washed, by hand, in the laundry, or dishwasher, and come in various sizes, use velcro or snaps, etc. Talk about a green way to live!