With three primary school aged boys, I am sure I have already seen a vast array of lunchbox leftover horrors. You know the ones….opening the school bag the last day of holidays, only to discover a banana has almost melted its way through the seal of the non-quite-closed-properly lunchbox, drenching the diary/books/pencilcase in a sour sticky slime that means you have no choice but to throw it all out. Then there is also the slightly less traumatic experience of going to put their lunch in the lunchbox and discovering a perfectly made, and not even nibbled, sandwich sitting there already. You cannot help but doubt yourself for a second, wondering if you are reopening one lunchbox you had already done that morning, then of course you can’t help but fret about WHY they didn’t eat any of it. Sigh.Having had many of these experiences, I had started getting my boys to bring me their bags in the afternoon, so I could prevent dead fruit or yogurt disasters etc.
One afternoon, as I was going through the 3 lunchboxes, I come across child number 2′s lunchbox with a full donut in it. What??? This was new…..coming home with a full item….that he was NOT sent with?? Calling him, I tried to sound kind-of angry or at least authoritative, until he explained. All students had been given a donut (yes I signed the form allowing this, but weeks ago, so I had forgotten) and he did not eat his. Ohhhh ok….I understood….but why had he not eaten his? I know he loves donuts. His reply, “Yes mum, I do like donuts, but I know you like them too, and you never buy any for yourself…just for us. So I kept mine for you.”
My poor blighter….the cuddles and kisses he had to put up with that afternoon….lol….so sweet!
This real story is by ZAMNELNA