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Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Lunchbox Blues

Two nights a week, I pack a lunch for Joseph. I use these handy little containers and fill them with all sorts of yumminess. I pack all the things that Joseph picked out: hummus in one section, wheat crackers in another and, in the main compartment two turkey and mustard sandwiches because one is never enough. I seal the lid and top the container with another container of dried apricots and cashews , sliced oranges and juice. I add a frozen frog to keep his lunch nice and cold and a little note telling him in pictographs that I love him.

And, for the last two weeks, most of the food has returned home with him.

Chad came home from picking up Joseph at school with a message:

"Miss J wanted me to let you know how important it is for you to pack Joseph a lunch that he likes. She said that you need to remember that they schedule a very physically active afternoon and Joseph needs his energy."


"He didn't eat his lunch. Again. He said he didn't like it."

"But...I made him turkey sandwiches with mustard. He asked for them. Joseph, baby...why didn't you eat your lunch?"

"I don't like mustard."

"But you did this morning."

"But I don't like it now."

So, Miss J, how exactly am I supposed to pack a healthy, filling lunch for a little boy who changes his mind over whether or not he likes a condiment over the course of four hours?

I would throw my hands in the air, but then I wouldn't be able to type.

Mandy Dawson is a wife and mother of two living on the beautiful Central Coast of California. While she's not trying to figure out how to make rabbits out of apple slices, she can be found blogging at

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