Who made your lunch as a kid? (And who makes your kids’ lunches if applicable?)

When I was in second grade, my father made my lunch for me.  Because he was a European immigrant, I generally had a roll (my favorite were onion rolls), a hunk of cheese or sliced carrots and a piece of fruit, often an orange that he would score for me for easy peeling.  All in an old plastic bread-bag.  People made fun of me for not having a peanut butter and jelly or bologna sandwich.  They made fun of the scores on the orange.  They especially made fun of the plastic bag.  In third and fourth grade, my father had bouts of employment that took him away from the family for months at a time and I ended up mostly eating hot lunches at school.

In fifth grade, the teasing about every aspect of my life got worse and nobody ate hot lunch (possibly because they were more expensive).  It was time for me to start making my own lunch because my mother simply did not have time on top of everything else.  So each week she’d get me whatever I wanted at the grocery store that I could throw together (within reason– we couldn’t afford lunchables).  A standard lunch for me would be one of those neon orange soft cheese and cracker packets (store-brand handi-snacks), a bag of doritos, a juice box, and maybe a piece of fruit all in a nice brown lunch bag that we’d buy by the pack.

Possibly in seventh grade I started making more wholesome lunches because my father was back and no way were we wasting money on junk food with him around.  I also started making my sister’s lunch at the same time I made mine– sandwiches with two slices of bread and standard things in the middle, a piece of fruit, and maybe a homemade cookie (as I had learned to bake).  When I left for high school, I’m not sure if she started making her own or just got hot lunch.

Today we make our toddler’s lunch (alternating dinner from the night before in a metal thermos with random healthy stuff in a bento-box) and DC1 makes hir own lunch (usually a nut-butter/cookie-butter and jelly sandwich) and a bag of gummies.  We hope that DC2’s wheat allergy is gone before ze starts demanding nut butter and jelly sandwiches like DC2 did in preschool.

#2 says, I remember my mom making lunches for me when I was little, because I remember the little notes she’d write on the napkin.  Stuff like “Have a great day, [my nickname [ed guess: Pookie-pie] [nope] ]! XOXO Mom”.

When it came time for me to make my own lunches, I do remember using stuff like Lunchables (which had just come out and were nowhere near as fancy and varied as they are now).  I also made sandwiches– I have a certain opinion about making PBJ so that the jelly doesn’t soak the bread (put peanut butter on it first [#1 notes:  this is correct]) and the correct peanut butter (crunchy [also correct]).  Also, I ate a lot of cold cuts in sandwiches that I mostly made myself.  Lots of granola bars.  We were not allowed to have doritos or any bagged chips/crisps in our house, and no cookies either.  I remember having an insulated lunch bag.  I have no idea what my sister had for lunch, she’s so much younger than me.

This was all in, say, 4th or 5th grade through 9th grade.  In 4th-6th grade there were also some times where I went home for lunch, mostly with my one friend to her house, and ate whatever stuff they had there.  By 6th grade we were trusted to walk to her house, unlock it, eat, and get back to school on time by ourselves, but we didn’t do it every day, because it was a little bit far to walk in the time we had.  I think the Lunchables in the school lunchroom were 7th and 8th grade.  I never got a hot lunch at school, except for very occasional treats that were pizza days.  [#1 notes:  whoa, I completely forgot that in 4th grade I lived close enough to the school to walk home for lunch, which I would do on a pretty regular basis.  That probably isn’t allowed anymore unless a parent actually shows up at school to do the escorting.]

Tell us about your school lunches, Grumpeteers.  It brings back surprisingly detailed memories, just like Anne Lamott predicted in her book Bird by Bird.

42 Responses to “Who made your lunch as a kid? (And who makes your kids’ lunches if applicable?)”

  1. Abbi Gabasa Says:

    My mom did! My favorite was chicken nuggets 😊 thanks for the blast from the past, great post

  2. everydayhas Says:

    Oh, this is all so close to my experience! My mother would put things like cold deep fried chicken livers in my lunch and the other kids would make fun of me. Trust me, you can’t trade cold fried chicken livers for ANYTHING. She packed in an insulated lunchbox instead of the accepted brown paper bag. And I was not allowed to have any Hostess baked goodies. Maybe, occasionally, I’d have three Oreos in a plastic bag. But usually it was more like yogurt or string cheese. Lunchables were also just out for me (we must be about the same age) but my mother wouldn’t buy them either. She offered to make “homemade Lunchables” which are not the same. Obviously.

    When I was in high school I insisted on packing my own and also was very picky about spreading the peanut butter on both sides of my bread to keep the bread dry. :)

  3. Holly@ClubThrifty Says:

    I can’t think of a single time I brought my own lunch to school. My mom was an instructional assistant at my school, and she always had us eat whatever was served in the cafeteria.
    For my daughter, I alternate between making her a lunch and letting her eat at school. The school puts out a calendar with the daily options and I typically make lunch when there is something on the menu she doesn’t like, like tacos or lasagna. I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to come up with varied lunches to pack her. We mostly do PBJ and fruit or crackers and fruit with a cheese stick. My oldest is a very picky eater. I don’t know how that happened because my youngest child will eat almost anything.

  4. Taylor Lee @ Engineer Cents Says:

    My parents gave me lunch money so early days cafeteria workers were making me lunch. In high school they stopped giving me cash so and I was already getting up at like 5:40 every day (magnet school) and too tired to make anything myself, so I spent a lot of time mooching off friends. I remember my ex-boyfriend (we were dating at the time) telling me he would literally throw away the lunch his step-dad made every day because he was “not hungry.” Unfortunately, I never saw him early enough in the day to intercept him from the terrible deed.

  5. Katherine Says:

    My mom made me lunch every day until I graduated from high school. I had food allergies and then became vegetarian (and then vegan, which subsumed the food allergies) so eating the cafeteria lunch was never an option. About half my school years I went to private schools that didn’t have cafeterias anyway. When I was in second grade I refused to eat anything other than tuna salad sandwiches for lunch, so my mom made that every day for over a year, until I suddenly decided I hated tuna salad and never ate it again (but now I love chickpea-based fake tuna salad!) By the time I got to junior high and high school, I didn’t like sandwiches, so my mom had to get creative. I often had soup in a thermos or a pre-cut apple with peanut butter. In elementary school I had an insulated lunch bag, but when I got older that wasn’t cool anymore so I used brown paper bags.

    There were a few times in junior high when my parents decided I should pack my own lunches, but that never lasted long. I packed my lunch when I lived with extended family in my dad’s country of origin for a year in high school. I made my own soy yogurt and usually had that with a few open-faced sandwiches on dark rye bread and a chunk of cucumber. After I came home to live with my parents again, my mom missed me and realized that I was going to move away again for college soon so she wanted to make lunch for me. I really appreciated it.

    When I was in 4th and 5th grade my best friend had the same food allergies I did and less of an appetite. her parents would take her for fast food after school, but only if she had eaten her entire lunch. Her parents picked me up from school about half the time, so it was in my interest, too, that her lunch was all eaten. I was usually hungry anyway, so I ate my lunch and then about 2/3 of hers every day. She almost always had plain shell macaroni.

    I don’t have kids, but I do bring my lunch to work every day. I still don’t like sandwiches, so my husband and I try to make enough dinner so there are leftovers for lunch the next day. If for some reason there aren’t, I take a container of soup that I keep in the freezer for this purpose.

    • Debbie M Says:

      Oh, you’re reminding me that we sometimes got soup in a thermos. Yum!

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Can you share the recipe for the fake tuna salad made from chickpeas? I like chickpeas.

      • Katherine Says:

        2 cans chickpeas
        1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
        2/3 cup minced celery
        1/3 cup minced dill pickle
        1/4 cup nutritional yeast
        2 green onions, chopped
        2 t soy sauce
        1/2 t salt
        pepper

        Mix everything together. I like to use a potato masher to mash up the chickpeas so so there’s the right amount of texture.

      • everydayhas Says:

        ooh yeah, I do too! Thanks Katherine!!

  6. Leah Says:

    I sort of pack my kid’s lunch, occasionally, by sending in homemade babyfood. I imagine I’ll pack lunch more for her as she gets older with a mix of hot lunch.

    I ate hot lunch from time to time but preferred a packed lunch. I remember my mom making lunch for me in elementary school, and I sometimes helped. My favorite was when my mom would put a hot dog in a thermos of hot water for me (tho I now dislike hotdogs). I started making my own lunch in middle school. I ate lunchables sometimes, as a treat, but I mostly made my own stuff. I remember eating a lot of PBJ, fruit, and pretzels.

    In HS, I mostly bought lunch, but I didn’t buy actual meals. I bought a plate of fries (75 cents!) or a bagel or sometimes just a sprite and a roll of sweet tarts. Still sad about my horrible HS eating habits . . . my HS had a school store that sold all sorts of junk food, and I now find it deplorable that the school thought that was OK. Maybe they figured we’d eat junk anyway so they might as well make some money. The store was run by the students, so at least they got good business practice.

    • Leah Says:

      Oh, and I had a lunchbox all the way until middle school (various types, some insulated). In MS/HS, that wasn’t cool, so I usually brought lunch in a plastic grocery bag.

      • Debbie M Says:

        Yeah, totally not cool. I remember once accidentally running someone else’s panty hose with my lunchbox. In my day lunchboxes were for little kids only but I still had them in junior high. After that we got paper bags (can’t remember if we re-used them). But senior year lunch boxes were cool again because of the Senior Lunchbox Carriers Club (you put things in the metal lunchbox to shake as noise makers at pep rallies).

  7. Debbie M Says:

    I’m so sorry kids made fun of you. That sucks!

    My mom made lunch for me. We usually had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches unless we ran out of jelly. Then we might have peanut butter and cheese, peanut butter and store-brand Bac-O’s, or some other random additive. (We could totally gross out the other kids with the peanut butter and fake bacon bits by pretending we were eating peanut butter and bug sandwiches). Then we would also get two cookies (usually the super-cheap chocolate/vanilla sandwich cookies). And we got money for milk, which we did actually use to buy milk.

    Although we usually had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, sometimes we had other kinds of sandwiches and these always felt like a treat: baloney and cheese, salami and cheese, tuna salad, or egg salad. And occasionally we got chips.

    One year we were on food stamps and got free hot lunch at school. Of course this felt like a treat to us!

    I’m sure I started making these lunches myself by the end. I didn’t have choices, though–Mom bought the same stuff and that’s what we used for lunch.

    As an adult, I thought I was sick of peanut butter and jelly, but every time I actually had PBJ, it tasted good. But jelly is basically pure sugar, even the kinds that are made from fruit only (read the nutrition–yikes!). So now I use pumpkin butter (it has vitamin A!). The only problem with pumpkin butter is that it is super expensive, so I finally found a recipe that’s easy to make (just boil canned pumpkin, water, sugar, and spices until it’s the consistency you like). And I would leave jars of peanut butter and pumpkin butter at work (just packing in the bread) so I could make the sandwich right before eating it. I agree that crunchy is best for sandwiches, but sometimes I buy smooth anyway which is better for most of the other recipes I use it for.

    Lunchables are before my time, but as you can guess, we couldn’t afford those anyway so it’s a moot point. We never had fruit or vegetables for school lunches that I can recall. I still don’t eat enough fruit or vegetables. We were super picky kids, but I later learned that my parents are also picky. I knew Dad didn’t like beans or rice, but I didn’t know about Mom because she only cooked foods she liked. We did have fruit juice and we did have vegetables for dinner.

  8. Norwegian Forest Cat Says:

    I did school/hot lunches all the way through, as did most of my classmates… for some reason in the motherland, it’s less common to pack lunches. However, we did have “real” lunch ladies who actually baked/prepped food for us up until I hit about 8th grade. I still drool a little thinking about our “school-made rolls”, which were basically just giant homemade dinner rolls with butter, served warm on days we had beef stew or chili. But, we moved to a different building after that, where they downgraded heavily to the heat-and-eat stuff which was absolutely horrible 75% of the time. Nachos (chips + orange cheese, nothing else) does not sustain any teenager for long, and it’s a shame that they could call it a meal. My brother was ultra-picky, so my mom packed him bologna sandwiches every day, probably up until the day he graduated (he’s younger, so I don’t actually know since I was off to college for his last couple of years).

    High school breakfasts were a different game, though–I used to have a 20 oz. Dr. Pepper and a Milky Way every morning in 9th/10th grade, and basically skipped it altogether (maybe ate one of those milk and cereal bars) when I had zero hour classes in 11th/12th grade. I loved those pizza lunchables on Saturdays when I was working, though!!! Then it was pizza lunchables, a Dr. Pepper, and a Milky Way. :) Good thing I played sports year-round!

    I pack lunch almost every day now (maybe 1-2 lunches out each month), and it’s usually leftovers or a big ol’ salad. Helps me get the veggies in since my SO is more of a convenience eater and often would rather go out and eat less healthy than stay in and cook vegetables!

  9. Steph Says:

    My K-8 school only offered hot lunch on Fridays, so we carried an insulated lunch bag most days, and $2 (I think?) on Fridays if we wanted the hot food. I think my Mom mostly made my lunch. I usually had either a PB sandwich or bologna+cheese+mayo, plus chips/handi-snacks and maybe fruit/veggies/cookie. I know I got milk from the school every day, but I also had juice boxes a lot? We got Lunchables sometimes, and I remember having a little thermos thing for macaroni & cheese.

    Then in high school I got the hot lunch plan all 4 years, and I think everyone’s lives got easier. I carry my lunch ~ half the time these days.

  10. becca Says:

    My Dad made my lunch and my Mom’s lunch when I was a kid. I got peanut butter and mayo sandwiches until the kids discovered it wasn’t jelly and teasing put a stop to it. I also know I ate liverwurst sandwiches for lunch for a time, I remember my Dad being surprised I would eat that. I mostly remember drinking chocolate milk without fail and stuffing uneaten sandwiches into the empty carton. And the arguments over fruit snacks- the gelatin ones were unacceptable and I desperately coveted fruit roll ups and gushers, but they were “too expensive”.

    My kiddo was eating monotonous turkey sandwiches like a champ for months, but eventually got bored. He is currently getting either a cheapo lunchable (they have them for $1 now) or a english muffin “pizza”. And either a string cheese or yogurt, fresh fruit (usually a tangerine unless I’ve just gone to the store and we have berries), dried fruit (I feel better about sending him with dried blueberries than fruit snacks, though he won’t eat raisins to save his life), and a treatsie (girl scout cookies, lately). I know of all the Kindergarteners, he gets the healthiest lunches except on lunchable days cause I visited his school and you would not believe the % of kids with soda and chips. The hot lunches are super well balanced, but the veggies suck and kids don’t actually seem to eat them at all.

  11. OMDG Says:

    Me: Preschool – babysitter makes, K-7 – hot school lunch, 8- mom made (sandwich and piece of fruit, not sure why it was different this year), 9-12: hot school lunch

    Offspring: 0-2: I provided breastmilk, then daycare provided hot lunch, 3 – babysitter makes

  12. Practical Parsimony Says:

    I think my mother made my lunches for all twelve years. Maybe I made my lunch some days in hs, probably not. Rarely did we eat school lunches. I remember nothing about first and second grade.

    In the third grade I went to school right outside of Jackson, MS and suffered culture shock. My mother made pimiento and cheese sandwiches; peanut butter, banana, and Miracle Whip sandwiches; tuna salad sandwiches; pineapple and MW sandwiches. These were what all three of us loved and wanted. She chose what she packed us. I remember grapes, bananas, and apples. I don’t remember sweets in my lunch.

    I always wanted a boiled egg when we were allowed to eat outdoors. Someone walked across the street and brought back milk for the ones not eating in the cafeteria. We could eat on the playground if it was pretty and we brought our lunch. I cracked my egg, peeled it, and rinsed the remaining shell off at the water fountain on the playground. Mama put salt and pepper in a small square of waxed paper and twisted it up so I could dip my egg in it. Milk was two cents.

    The culture shock–the kids said “Linder” and made me cry at home. The next day, someone said “winder” and I felt better. At lunch on hotdog days the boys waggled their naked hot dogs in the girls faces and said rude things. The teacher told them to stop when the girls complained, but she never stopped them. So, I gagged down my hotdog, kept my eyes on my plate and was miserable, sad. All the girls just sat, stunned, eating in silence, trying to ignore the boys. One boy threatened to cut my gizzard out before lunch every day and showed me his knife that he would use.

    There was no middle school, just 1-8. This was back in Memphis, so 7-8 seemed more like what I knew. I took my lunch most days. One time in 7th grade, I had no lunch to take for a week. So, I basically starved all day. In high school, I wanted to take my lunch so I did not have to stand in line and waste eating time. The same sandwiches were what I took in a paper bag that I took back home to reuse. I could eat banana, pb, and Miracle Whip sandwiches every day for weeks rather than stand in line.

    I made my children’s lunches, especially when they did not like school lunch. Their favorite lunch was hamburgers. When we grilled hamburgers at home, I made enough for their lunch. My children were so excited about grilled hamburgers in their lunch. My son’s friends asked him if I would grill hamburgers for them. NO! Otherwise, I mostly made them the same sandwiches I had as a child. They did get fruit in their lunch and maybe homemade cookie or cake. One day after Thanksgiving I made the kindergarten daughter a turkey sandwich. In the car at the end of the day, she asked my why I only gave her cookies for lunch. She ate cookies only and no one noticed. Her lunch was still on the lunch shelf! She was the only child I had who welcomed carrot sticks or vegetables for lunch. She loved squash slices.

    In third grade, I got my first and only lunch box. I chose the one with school pennants, Big 10. I knew in my head that I was going to college because my g-grandmother did–four years in 1870s. So, I suppose I was getting ready. But, I spent many an hour reading the lunch box.

  13. lucy4eng Says:

    I ate hot lunch at school until middle school, when my brother lost weight because he hated the food at school. So my parents decided to cook the lunch for us. My mom did most of the cooking. It was always in a thermos, lower part with soup or veggies and rice/pasta, upper part that was removable with chicken/fish, etc. Sometimes a slice of bread, always a fruit and never ever fast food or chips or doritos or sandwiches :-) This was until we finished high school.

    Now that I work, I started with a lot of sandwiches I buy on campus, but it turned out to be unhealthy. So now I cook my own food, similar to what my mom did…uff, it does require a bit of work to stick to cooking and not buying sandwiches/wraps.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I lost a lot of weight with bad cafeteria food in high school. Finally my senior year my parents upped my allowance so I could get groceries! (In college I was the only person who didn’t complain about cafeteria food because it was SO MUCH BETTER.)

  14. crazygradmama Says:

    Hot school lunches weren’t a thing where I grew up, so my mom packed lunch every day. Sandwich, fruit, cookie, and maybe some yogurt or pretzels or something. I distinctly recall asking for “ham, turkey, cheese, and mayonnaise” sandwiches for a while in elementary school. My food was normal enough that there was never any teasing, but I was jealous of kids who got Lunchables and other fun items. Occasionally I walked home for lunch – in those days only the middle-schoolers needed a signed permission slip to leave school at lunch; elementary and high school students could leave as they wished.

    I took over making my own lunch in high school, when I was in the depths of an eating disorder and didn’t want my mom sneaking extra cheese and fat and stuff into the meal. It was mostly the same, with mustard replacing mayo.

  15. SP Says:

    In grade school, it is possible my dad made it as I think he was responsible for getting us ready in the morning. I have absolutely no memory of who made lunch. We also at hot lunch a fair amount of the time. In 4-6 grade, I occasionally helped served hot lunch at school. This was a common thing they had students sign up to do, and you also got free lunches out of it. I think I mostly did it because I was a weirdo who thought it was cool / important and a friend or two also did it. We also got to leave for lunch early to get set up.

    In middle & high school, I usually brought lunch because school food was typically not that great. My mom made them, because she just made it while she was making her lunch. Sandwiches and maybe chips or something. I don’t remember much, but i remember deli meat and cheese sandwhiches. I know I had lunchables in grade school now and then too. I wonder what my dad did for lunches?

    My plan is to have kids that can make their own lunches when they are old enough. I really like your parenting style :) In retrospect, I’m shocked that my mom made lunches for me when i was 16 or 17. That seems ridiculous, no?

    • Leah Says:

      I went to 6th grade at an elementary school that involved volunteering. We could also sign up to serve lunch, but we didn’t get a free lunch out of it. We also could sign up to do lots of other things around campus (traffic patrol, library aide, helping out in special ed room, cleaning up trash, etc) as a way to get out of class.

      In retrospect, I sometimes wonder if part of the motivation for allowing all the volunteering was to save money and get free labor on the school’s part . . . hmmm.

      • SP Says:

        Maybe we didn’t get free lunch – i wasn’t so into personal finance then :)

        Oh, I did traffic patrol too! Flags and orange vests were very cool.

  16. Flavia Says:

    My mom. Basically the same thing every day, at least through the end middle school: half a PB&J sandwich, an apple or carrot sticks, a small bag of Fritos.

    This is probably why, left to my own devices, I’ll eat pretty much the same thing for days on end: always the same breakfast, always the same packed lunch, and only the most minimally varied dinner (and by “dinner” I mean like a bowl of filled pasta, or a burrito).

    In this, and probably *only* in this way, I’m like a young techie dude: what I eat alone I really don’t care about; it’s just what I do to keep the core functions operational.

  17. GEW Says:

    I don’t remember what I ate in elementary school, but I do remember that I had a Holly Hobby lunch box first, and then a Superfriends lunchbox. I think I had PBJ, but I don’t remember the details. I vaguely remember the smell of my lunch boxes, which was a PBJ smell. In junior high and high school, I got lunch in the cafeteria.

    Now, hubby and I make lunches every day for the kids. Their favorite is left over pizza or cheesie bread. These are the things we know they will eat. We also throw in some fruit and, occasionally, a treat (piece of chocolate or a homemade cookie).

    The trouble comes when we are out of leftover pizza and cheesie bread. My son will eat PBJ, so that’s easy. But my daughter won’t take anything with peanuts to school because she is afraid her peanuts will kill a classmate with a nut allergy, so we have to get creative with her.

  18. Donna Freedman Says:

    Up until sixth grade I went to a school with lunch ladies who cooked from scratch and that’s what we ate. On days when I didn’t like what they were having I’d make a lunch for myself: sandwich, an apple if we had any, and cookies (homemade).
    In seventh and eighth grade I went to a private school with no lunch program so I made my lunch every day. Definitely remember eating cold leftover spaghetti now and then. Rather than make fun of me, the other kids looked longingly at the pasta as they ate their PBJs.
    In eighth grade my class made hoagies every Friday to sell to the other kids. The money went toward our class trip. The hoagies were so good that some parents ordered extras and had the kids bring them home for dinner that night. The secret? Really good Italian rolls that our teacher picked up at the bakery on her way to work.
    Haven’t thought about school lunch for years. Now I’m hungry.

  19. Donna Freedman Says:

    Oh, and my nephew goes to a Title IX school, i.e., one with a huge percentage of “disadvantaged” kids. So many children qualify for free lunch that it’s easier/cheaper to give it to everyone than to deal with the paperwork that would weed out the relative few who aren’t eligible.
    I remember that in high school some kids would go without lunch rather than admit they were eligible for a free one.

  20. jo(e) Says:

    My mother made my lunches. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day. Plus homemade cookies for dessert and four pennies so I could buy milk. I remember how kids used to trade desserts. Things like Twinkies and Hostess cupcakes were the hot items.

    My husband made my kids their lunches, usually turkey sandwiches and store-bought cookies.

  21. undinenotofgeneralinterest Says:

    I had hot lunch at school, with the little bottles of milk. I can’t remember taking my lunch but I must have, because I remember the smell of the wax paper and paper bag that it came in. In high school, I bought lunch: a scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy, every day. (Why?)

  22. Kellen Says:

    Mom made us lunches in elementary school. I don’t know when this stopped, but by high school I was on my own. I mostly recall not taking anything and then being hungry. I would use a vending machine to get pop tarts and eat them cold, or sometimes bought fries from the hot lunch area. While I do think my 16-year-old self was plenty old enough to make lunches, I definitely would have benefited from some structure at home that forced me to make a lunch/suggested what I should take. Considering I was pretty under-weight, I wish my parents had pushed me to take something from home. Not sure why I didn’t just buy a whole lunch–I think I didn’t have any money? Or assumed the food was bad.

    Now that I take lunches to work, I usually make something casserole-like on Sunday that I can take all week. It’s always something that needs to be heated up. I never make sandwiches–I think my mom spent too much time telling me that deli meat was bad for me. Possibly some of my problems as a high schooler were that the lunches I prefer require heating, and of course, at school you don’t get a chance to heat things up.

    Through college I also struggled with packing lunch, since you didn’t have a locker, so had to tote it all over campus with you–and by that time I had learned enough about food safety to be worried about whether having a turkey sandwich in a lunch box all morning was really food-safe. These days, my eating concerns have backed off enough that I’d probably be fine with that now :)

  23. MutantSupermodel Says:

    My mom always made our lunches even in high school. It was her thing. We also got notes from her. I remember when Lunchables came out and we wanted them, she made her own versions because they were too expensive :)

    My kids make their lunches. They make them the first night of the week in one giant batch. My oldest packs the lunch boxes in the morning. They usually make ham and cheese or salami and cheese or turkey and cheese. Lately they’ve been making almond butter and jelly.


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