Monday, October 6, 2008

Elementary School: Lunches My Mother Made Me

When we were small children going to grade school, our sweet mother made us lunches every day. She had four lunch sacks sitting on the counter and packed the same things into each sack every day. The contents of each sack were:

A peanutbutter sandwich, potato chips, two cookies, and four pennies placed in the bottom of the bag, to buy milk. Somehow all those pennies made it to school. I don't remember ever losing a penny; and going without milk.
I don't know how my mom had access to that many pennies, but she did. I think she kept penny rolls in the drawer. Mom saved money by using wax paper rather than plastic wrap. She also saved money by packing our lunches.
One time we went on a field trip to a farm. As I opened my lunch while seated on the school bus, I was stunned. Inside was a shiny silver Ding Dong, and a Coke! No pennies. I was elated. Mom had made my field trip lunch extra special. I was so surprised that I never forgot it.
The four of us looked so clean and shiny every day for school. Mom kept our clothes so clean and pressed. She made us line up after we brushed our teeth. we stood in line to get our faces washed and hair combed.
It was my job to bring the washcloth and comb to the kitchen. That is where I err with my own children. I am the one looking for the washcloth and comb, which I cannot find, rather than assigning the job like my mother did. After that we lined up at the front door where our lunch sacks were waiting next to the door, where she'd kiss us good-bye. Thank you Mom for taking such good care of me. I love you, Kathi

"She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed." Proverbs 31:27-28


14 comments:

Mrs.Ruiz said...

Thats so sweet. You have such great memories. Thats funny that milk was only 4 pennies:) My mom just sent us to school with a check to pay for hot lunches. She was working alot when we were little. Some nights my dad would be left to feed us and he would give us cereal or make german pancakes. He wasn't good in the kitchen:) We didn't mind having cereal for dinner. Thanks for the info you left me and the encouraging feedback:))))

luvmy4sons said...

What precious memories. Love the old picture.

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Sharon said...

What a great post! I remember those lunches so well! I never tired of them. I remember the four pennies as well. I packed my children's lunch for many years and would often sneak a little love note from mom in there. We were blessed with our good mother.

I love you!
Sharon

Gramma 2 Many said...

I remember my mother being the same. Why is it so hard for us to emulate that kind of care and love?
My mother had 12 children. The last being born the year I married. We always had homemade bread for our sandwhiches and snickerdoodle cookies. I used to trade with a girl that always had jelly rolls. We were both tired of our dessert so trading was the answer.
This is a lovely tribute to a fantastic mother.

Gayle said...

That's the mom I dreamed of being, but it just hasn't worked out that way. Thanks for sharing such a personal story.

Pearl said...

Oh Kathi ... I always enjoy reading about all of the special, loving ways your Mom cared for her family. This was such a sweet post and what a treasured memory for you to have... I remember packed lunches, too... but my coins were taped to the inside top of the bag, where it rolled over to make the "handle" ... I had trouble, for some reason, fishing those coins out, so she began using the tape...

Kathi, thank you for visiting me and for encouraging me and reminding me that I am not alone... Bless your sweet heart for praying for me and lifting my name up to our Father. I am so grateful... I do hope 'n pray that you've been doing alright... God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Pearl

Michelle said...

What a sweet story and such a precious memory of your childhood...thanks for sharing! I love hearing about your lovely mother :)

Have a wonderful day, Kathi!

Love,
Michelle

Judy said...

What a fun post. I remember lunches similar to yours but minus the pennys tho. I do remember getting that can of pop for field trips :) I couldn't wait to eat lunch then. Even if the pop was warm it still tasted good.

Kelly said...

Your Mom is awesome....You have such sweet memories.....She sure had it all together with you kids!
God Bless her!

((hugs))
kelly

Cottage Contessa said...

I love hearing the sweet sotries from your wonderful childhood Kathi. You are so blessed to have such a loving mother and family! Awesome! Happy day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Tiffany said...

What a precious feeling you must have had all day, knowing your mother cared about you so much and was even thinking about you while at school.

Brenna said...

Oh Kath! When my mom put a ding dong in my lunch, I did a jig the entire rest of the day!

Gina said...

I thought I was the only wierdo who did hair in the kitchen! I am trying to get my girls' hair done before they come down in the morning, but usuallyI am down first and I just don't feel like going back up...
Love the lunches. I went to the second hand store recently and bought soup thermoses. My kids were so excited to get mac-n-cheese this morning.

I think milk costs 30 or 40 cents now. They never buy it, though, because I send it in thier lunch bags.

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