Nine months ago I looked at a lunch box on my table and cried. Of all the things we purchased to send Grace off to kindergarten, that one hit the strongest. It symbolized of a new phase in life. A bittersweet phase for a full time mommy.
When I wrote "The Lunch Box" I had no idea how much joy would fill her academic year. And now, ironically, I find myself teary as I prepare her final kindergarten cold lunch.
I was inspired to do something special because lunch box love notes have been our "connection" when we've been apart during the day. Every time she brought her lunch we'd leave a note for her to find and know we're thinking of her.
She loved them. In fact, when I went to have lunch with her I would find a surprise treat as well.
They make me a smile.
The calendar shows a frown face on Friday, which means she's not impressed with what the school has to offer and will bring her own cuisine. In preparation for the day, I finished her special bag and wrote the final kindergarten lunch box note.
We will be keeping the lunch box love notes tradition for many years to come. And, I'll definitely be making a big deal of each year's final cold lunch because these kids deserve to know how impressive we believe their academic success to be.
Congrats on completing your first year of elementary school, Grace. We're proud of you!