In honor of Yogi Berra (who recently passed), I’ll start with a quote: It’s like déjà vu all over again.
The diet was hard. The diet got easier. The diet, thanks to kindergarten, is now hard again.
After three weeks, Logan still enjoys kindergarten; I, on the other hand, am growing a little frustrated as I try to figure out what to pack him for lunch every day. Without daycare, we no longer get to store Logan’s lunch and snacks in a refrigerator or have them heated. Then again, this might not even be a diet problem–what does anyone put in a lunchbox? The only thing I remember in mine was peanut butter sandwiches* every day.
I’ve been relying on sandwiches more than I’d like (secured in a coconut-meat wrap); even though we use natural, Applegate brand deli meat, I’d still like it to be in limited quantities. It’s not terribly unhealthy, but it’s exactly healthy, either (plus, the coconut wraps cost a ton).
I’ve tried muffins and hard-boiled eggs … and that’s about it. Carrots are just about the only vegetable Logan likes raw, so even though I’ve sent cucumbers, celery, and peppers, most of it comes back uneaten. “Don’t send me cucumbers again,” Logan instructs me one day. “I like celery.”
The very next day: “I forgot. I don’t like celery.”
And, as always, food is ever-present, not just at lunchtime. His teacher grabbed me on Monday morning and let me know on Tuesday they’d be giving the kids a graham cracker with frosting and a red, yellow, and green M&M to learn something about a nursery rhyme and colors. Don’t they know colors already? I wondered. And is candy really necessary for that?
I suggested red, yellow, and green bell peppers instead, but then I ran out of time and couldn’t get to a grocery store after work to buy them. Thankfully, I had a loaf of nut-flour bread from my mom, which I spread with natural peanut butter. We had a tomato and celery, but coconut chips were the closest I could come to yellow.
At least Logan liked it (after he picked off the tomato).
*In fairness to my mom, who packed my lunches, I’m sure this was the only thing I’d eat.