I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we Schraffts are summer people. Let there be no mistake that I love my job… and I mean no offense to my amazing little students, but the count down to summer vacation is almost more excitement than I can even stand. Total giddiness….epic warm fuzzies.
Sure, beach days, quick getaways, sleeping in, music on lawns, margaritas on decks, sushi feeding frenzies, long nights by the fire pit and dirty, salty, and happy kids = a happy mom, but one of the most exciting parts of summer vacations is NO MORE LUNCH PACKING.
Possibly you can’t relate to this. So forgive me. But, lunch packing is my least favorite thing…ever. It isn’t that its hard…it is just so damn Ground Hog’s Day. Unpack the lunch boxes, soak the containers, wash, rinse, dry….and repack. Ugh. It doesn’t necessarily help that I started to put a little photo in each of the boys’ lunch boxes when they were toddlers and now neither of them will let me stop. SOOOO….factor in the “pick-a-photo-and-wrap-it-in-the-shark-print-cloth-napkins-that-they-like-to-use” step…and I’m S.P.E.N.T.
That brings me to my point. The school where I teach…and that my boys attend…has a “Green Initiative”. It is suggested, but obviously not mandated, that the children have as little trash as possible in their lunch boxes. Now, complain as I have about the process of packing lunches, I am more than happy to do my part to not only leave a smaller footprint, but to also teach my boys that we need to be conscious of our impact on our environment and good friend, Planet Earth.
So, we buy big containers of yogurt and scoop daily amounts into small lunch containers. My boys drink ice water from reusable water bottles and don’t use juice boxes, etc. We don’t use little snack bag sized things like goldfish or chips…we just throw a handful or so into one of their reusable containers from the bigger bag.
The boys and I were talking earlier about the fact that today is World Oceans Day and that caused me to remember a friend’s reaction when she saw me packing the boys’ lunches one evening. It had never occurred to her to pack lunch “that way” (as she put it) and she was happy to start.
So, while packing lunches as a whole will remain annoying to me, I guess I am at least happy that we are doing our part. I’m glad the boys are learning a lesson….and, if there happens to be an ocean animal living life better somewhere because of our lack-of-lunch-trash then ever better. A win-win.
Happy (day after) World Oceans Day!!