I rarely try to keep up with Joneses. I don’t have a smart phone, don’t really need one. I am not a gadget girl and my car is going on 8 years old. I share all this to preface the following:
R, our first grader, has a Star Wars the Clone Wars lunch bag. If you have a 6 year old boy or one about that age, you know that the Clone Wars is very, very popular. So despite having R’s name on his lunch bag, it happened two weeks ago that he brought home a Clone Wars lunch bag that from the outside appeared to be his own.
Once R was home, I almost always open his lunch bag first. Why? Two main reasons: first, to quickly see if he has leftover lunch to eat and second, to clean it out and let it air dry before I fill it up again later the same night. On this particular day, I opened what I thought was his lunch bag and quickly ascertained he had brought home the wrong bag.
Inside this lunch bag was the following: a whole Clementine, a whole sandwich, a whole cheese stick, a granola bar wrapper and two gold coin wrappers. Whoever owned this lunch bag did not eat his lunch, not a rarity, I know.
R’s school has a “no throw away” policy. For the first and second graders, unless it is a big ole’ mess, whatever comes to school in the lunch bag, goes home with the lunch bag. I love this policy, as it allows me to figure out what R is eating and what he is not loving without wondering if items were thrown away.
When I opened the wrong lunch bag I asked R, “does anyone else in your class have your same lunch bag?”
R replied, “Yes, ____ does.”
“I think you brought home ____’s lunch bag,” I shared.
“Why??” asked R.
“Look,” I said, opening the lunch bag.
“Oh yeah! That is ____’s lunch!”
A quick call to ____’s mom to let her know that we could exchange bags and items the next day was made and the bags were switched the very next day.
More than anything though, this lunch bag switch made me feel better. Again, I am not trying to keep up with the Joneses, but it helped me remember that I am obviously not the only mom who sometimes struggles to get a good lunch in my boy during lunch at school.