I was going through Chase’s backpack the other day after school and I noticed that his lunch box still contained all of the food I had packed for the day’s lunch. “Chase,” I shrieked, “why didn’t you eat your lunch today??” It was his third week of school and each day that lunch box had come home empty, so I was pretty confused at this point.
“Mom, you know I don’t like peanut butter and jelly,” he groaned. I explained to him that we ran out of cream cheese for his usual bagel and cream cheese request and that I had to substitute it for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I asked him why he didn’t eat the other items that I had packed and only ate the orange. His answer made me so proud of him I could cry…..
“Mommy, I thought I would get in trouble for eating the non-healthy snacks before my sandwich.” I am not sure that I have ever been more proud….and then today he told me that he selected the salad bar, grapes and carrots on his first day of buying lunch. I may be screwing everything else up, but my kids seem to be making good choices when it comes to food.