I thought I’d save money this summer by packing the boys’ lunches while they attended day camp during our workday. Sometimes savings is measured in more than dollars and cents, as I learned over the last ten weeks. Here’s what I discovered:
- My older son prefers cloth napkins over paper napkins. It’s true – the same unused paper napkin has been in his lunch bag since the beginning of June, but his T-shirts are always messy.
- My children are double-crossing spies, but this is how I found out that veggies aren’t eaten, juice is wasted and treats are devoured first. I wonder how long it will be until they figure out that blackmailing each other gets more mileage out of such intelligence than spilling to the enemy (me)?
- Given the choice, they would survive on Lunchables alone (even if it’s cold pizza and chicken nuggets.) Ick.
- I’m the “best mom in the world” when I pack their favorites (but I’m the evil witch when I send carrot sticks and turkey sandwiches on whole wheat bread.)
- The single most important thing I learned: I will pay for hot lunches next summer.
School starts next week, and so far, I’m not broken up over my baby starting Kindergarten. In fact, I’ve planned something for the first day of school to keep my mind from dwelling on this milestone. I’m looking forward to it, in fact! In next Tuesday’s post, I’ll reveal if I was able to keep the tears at bay 🙂