Today Iain’s 2nd grade class is going on a field trip to the SLO Botanical Garden, which is one of the hottest, dustiest botanical gardens around. But, no matter—the kids will be so excited to get out of the classroom for most of the day. Parents were instructed to send a sack lunch and Iain told me: “It has to be in a sack, Mom. Keep it simple.” A field trip sack lunch is actually kind of hard, because it has to withstand the heat without an insulated bag/ice pack, it will inevitably get crushed in the backpack or in transit, and everything in the lunch has to be disposable. And because Iain is in “the allergy classroom,” no peanuts or peanut products allowed. This is clearly not my usual lunch packing style, which involves complicated food neatly arranged in little compartments with a fork, spoon and cloth napkin. Sometimes simple things are a challenge for me.
The sack lunch contains the following:
- half a sunflower seed and lingonberry jam sandwich, in a snack baggie
- a little snack baggie filled with Goldfish and honey wheat pretzel sticks
- a little snack baggie filled with blueberries that we picked over the weekend at Cal Poly
- a homemade energy bar wrapped in waxed paper
- a granny smith apple—no plastic required
- a teeny tiny bottle of water
Geez, that’s a lot of snack baggies. I meant to throw in a paper napkin, but I think I forgot.
And for decorations on the bag, a Pea Shooter from Plants vs. Zombies:
If you live with an 8 year old boy, you are probable quite familiar with Plants Vs. Zombies, which is actually a pretty awesomely cute game.
Lily has a normal lunch today: