Love comes in small paper bags.

It’s funny: I’ve spent the week conspiring about how craptastic my days have been and yet I’ve had my Love Thursday post all written out in my mind since last week. It’s a confession really – wanna hear it? Here goes…

…I love packing Gracie’s lunch for school.

Yes, I know – it shocked the hell out of me, too! Most moms I know hate packing lunches; they dread the nightly routine. I remember my mom sighing resignedly over our lunches, and my mom didn’t sigh over anything. So I was fully prepared to hate it, too.

But then, it happened. I noticed…I was sort of enjoying myself. At first, when I was kind of getting a kick out of picking the right snacks and making sandwiches, I didn’t think much of it. There was still that “Wow, I can’t believe Gracie is in kindergarten!” glow about everything. By the end of the week, when I stopped worrying about bus schedules and whether Gracie had gotten lost, I noticed that packing lunches hadn’t lost their luster. They were still as sparkly as ever. On Sunday night, when I actually looked forward to bonding with Gracie as I talked her into an actual sandwich to take and debated the pros and cons of different snacks, I realized that this lunch-making thing was a real joy to me. It wasn’t just the newness. I liked the ritual of making her lunch together with her every night. I liked writing her notes on her napkins (and reading them to her so she’d know what they said) and drawing little designs around her name on the brown paper bag. I didn’t so much like the mad dash back to the house on Monday morning when we discovered at daycare that she had forgotten her backpack (and lunch) at home – but yeah, I was digging it.

In fact, I might even take the monumental task of signing her up for hot lunches off my to-do list. Maybe there’s a reason (besides supreme laziness) that I haven’t managed to get that done yet. Maybe I’m meant to feel like I’m doing one thing right every night. It’s not very often that I feel like an unequivocal MomSuccess. Happy Love Thursday, everyone! May you get to revel in something today you know you do well. (And if you’re lucky, it’ll be something you have to do anyway. Might as well feel good about it!)

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3 Responses to “Love comes in small paper bags.”

  1. Kathy Says:

    I love that you pack her lunches together. It is a great way for you to have some quality time. If only I could be that organized. I am a pack lunches in the mornin mom and it usually makes life crazy, but when the kids was hot soup and ot soggy PB & J’s there’s no other time to pack.

    Happy Love Thursday!

  2. Gayle Says:

    That is so sweet! I love your note to Gracie and I think it’s great that you pack the lunch together. I think this will be a happy memory that she looks back on years from now!

    I have an award for you on my site. I mistakenly forgot to give it to you yesterday, so I have a special Love Thursday presentation for you today! Stop by and pick it up when you get a chance!

  3. We’ll worry about portion control later. « Can’t Get There From Here Says:

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