The Lunchbox Lottery

Salmon Salad

Can the level of a mother’s love & parenting ability be measured in the quality of the lunchbox she provides?

I hope not. Because what I’ve discovered about myself is I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of person. In every aspect of my life, but particularly in the lunchbox arena.

I’ve done the figures, since my kids went to kindy when they were two-and-a-half  I’ve created 3,864 lunchboxes (ok there may have been a few days when I resorted  to the good old tuckshop but not that often).

In the early days I was keen.  I even brought recipe books on healthy lunchbox ideas – and I MADE some of those recipes! I stood in the supermarket and read the sugar/sodium content of the museli bars and assorted snacks.  Because I was a MOTHER and MOTHERS MADE HEALTHY LUNCHBOXES. I read those magazine stories that appeared at the start of the school year comparing the bad with the good – and was fairly sure I fell into good more than bad.

But the years went on, I lost some of my creative spark, and most of my energy. I let the wholemeal bread thing slip away. I lost my consistency.

Yesterday, the girls got a super-duper lunchbox – left over Salmon Teriyaki (from my Gwyneth cookbook) made into a salad with fresh lettuce from the vegie patch Mr Shambles put in a couple of weeks ago, tomatoes, cucumber … then some strawberries to follow.  There were  little ice-packs and frozen poppers to keep it cool. I ROCKED.

Today, not so much, haven’t got to the supermarket, it’s Friday, we’re out of snacks. Looks like it’s vegemite sandwiches on a day (or two) old bread and a banana that may be slightly brown.

It’s the long term commitment I struggle with – I can do awesome for a while, even a year or two – but after about 2,500 lunches I just started to lose interest.

Meanwhile the children get the lunchbox lottery – some days it’s Salmon some days it’s Vegemite – you just can’t pick it.

5 thoughts on “The Lunchbox Lottery

  1. I lost interest by the end of preschool! Luckily my daughter’s school has a cafeteria but at $2.25 it probably can’t be quality. I like to cook and I feed my kids at home but all that tedious packing I can’t stand!

  2. Haha! This makes me laugh, cause it sounds just like me.
    I too am not that consistent! One morning while dropping of my son at school, his teacher said to me that she noticed what great lunches I was making for him! I had gone over board for a few days and got creative with cute wrapping and notes for his lunch…..little did she know he had a vegemite sandwich wrapped in cling wrap that day, and some money to get a snack at the canteen!!

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