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