When I was in elementary school, I took my lunch often. At the time, I loved Holly Hobbie! She ruled my world and not only was my room decorated with wall to wall Holly Hobbie, I also carried a Holly Hobbie school bag and lunch box. It wasn’t one of those new soft pack coolers of today. It was a hard core metal job complete with thermos.
My favorite treat to discover in my lunch box were Hostess Snow balls. They were cream-filled chocolate cakes covered with marshmallow frosting and coconut flakes and they were the BOMB! They came in packages of two. I ate them in steps, much like one eats an Oreo appreciating every single component. If anything could bring on a food orgasm, one of those scrumptious cakes of wonder could. First, I peeled off the marshmallow coconut, flaked frosting, then I tore into the chocolate cake to eat the cream, and then I devoured the cake. I made a hell of a mess out of myself in the process, but I can tell you there wasn’t a kid at my table that wasn’t watching me enjoy those snow balls. There might have been indifferent cool kids that acted like they couldn’t care less, but I knew they were sneaking envious peeks. Really, any of those Hostess treats made me equally happy: ding dongs, Twinkies, and cupcakes oh my! Eat your heart out suckers!
Since the government has been regulating school lunches with their idea of healthy, nutritious foods in microscopic portions designed to curb childhood obesity, I have been packing my kids lunches every day. Why you ask? Basically because I can’t see paying money for crap that is going to end up at the bottom of an industrial size cafeteria trash can instead of in my kid's tummy. My kids threw out more than they ate and came home starving. So, I pack my kids lunches daily with stuff they love: sandwiches, fruits, crackers, meats, and salads.
The result is that money is no longer wasted on stuff they refuse to eat. If they don’t have time to eat everything, they bring it back home and eat it after school. It’s a win-win.