my lunch box. She didn’t do it every day
but it did continue until middle school and then I am sure I became too
cool. I’m not sure if I ever told her how
much I loved them. Reading them made me
smile and I always knew she was thinking about me, which is a great feeling to
have as a kid. It was like a feeling of
warmth washed over me when I pulled the note out.
would write notes in my kids’ lunches when they were little. I thought I’d do it a couple times a week and
hoped that the girls would have the same feelings that I did.
Kindergarten I started writing lunch notes.
At first it was every day. Maybe
in about the 2nd week of school, I picked her up from school and the first thing
she said to me was, “Mommy, you forgot my note today!” She was so disappointed that she stood next
to me while I was writing her lunch note the next day.
notes, even though I knew she couldn’t read them. Her teachers read them to her and her class
would frequently discuss the questions I asked on the notes. She saved each one in a pocket in her lunch
from school with all of my lunch box notes stapled into a little book. She had asked a teacher’s aid to help her put
it together because they were special to her.
I thought this would make me feel more pressure because, you know, now I
had to write a note every single day.
But it didn’t.
writing notes and she continued making books.
started Kindergarten, the notes started up again. I sometimes wrote them the same note and
sometimes wrote them different messages.
I tried to personalize it to their days but sometimes they were just
generic. On the back of the note, I
wrote some words for them to read (on their individual reading levels) or some
math problems for them to figure out.
They don’t always read them or do the math problems, but they are there
for them to look at. I’ve heard that all
the kids at the lunch table love reading the notes and looking at the
day. Some mornings or evenings are
rushed when we are packing lunches and it just doesn’t get done. At a parent/ teacher conference earlier this
year, Caroline’s teachers shared with me that she is upset when I don’t include
a note. In such a short period of time,
she’s grown to love them. As far as I
know, Kate is not as upset.
them forever but if I can give them a little love on the days that I am not
with them, I’ll do it for as long as they do.
kid’s lunch box?