When I was a kid my mom made me the most incredible lunchbox love notes. She used to draw pictures on my lunch bags. I wish that I had photos of what those lunch bags looked like. The one that I remember the most was a scene that she drew from Charlottes Web complete with Wilbur with his long, baby pig eyelashes.
Each day at lunch my classmates would gather around to see what my mom had drawn on my lunch bag. It was a token of her love that made me feel special and know that she was thinking of me. The memory of those hand drawn lunch bags has stuck with me for my entire life.
Bean started kindergarten last week, right at the exact same time that I went back to work, full-time, 5 days a week. It makes me sad that I’m not the one to drop her off at school each morning and pick her up each afternoon. During her first week of school she asked me if I would be picking her up that afternoon. When I told her no she looked at me sadly and said “But all of the other kid’s mommies pick them up.”
I am nowhere near the artist that my mother is, but I knew that I wanted to let Bean know that I am always thinking about her, always loving her, even when I am not there with her. I decided that I would make Bean lunchbox love notes each day. It’s something that only takes 5 minutes but every day after school she tells me how much they meant to her.
Want to make lunchbox notes for your little one but don’t have the time or feel up for the challenge artistically? Pick up some of these Mini Lunch Notes made by Chronicle Books.