Thursday, October 13, 2011

Lunch Bags Were Made For Super Moms



One of my son's most prized possessions (at least since school started) is his Batman lunch bag.  As you can see from the picture, it looks pretty cool since it even has a cape.  


When he saw this at the store, I easily agreed to buy it and didn't bother to argue or negotiate because I noticed its dual compartment feature, as well as this tiny pocket in the front which I thought was just too cute!

Little did I know at the time that this innocent looking compartment would be something problematic for a non-Martha Stewart-possessed-super mom such as myself.  Though I love my son more than life itself, I am not the type that bothers herself with every thoughtful act there is in the parenting world.  In other words, it never occurred to me that having such a 'cutesy' pocket translates to getting 'cutesy' notes from Mom to be read during lunch break.  Eeekkk!!

My first rational defense was, 'Hey, my son is just 4 years old and doesn't know how to read yet.  Love notes would be useless, right?'  WRONG.  Apparently, a lot of the other Moms do not let that basic and commonsensical fact hinder them from being perfect.  They send their notes and the kids then ask their teachers to read it to them. Ahhhh!  Brilliant!  Now why did I not think of that?  Perhaps 'cos I only went as far as Parenthood 101 and never bothered with the master's level?

Well, in the 12 sessions that my son has attended so far in his preschool, I've only sent in a note twice, one saying 'Have fun with the firetruck today!' (but then the firetruck visit was actually postponed); and then the other with a plain 'Mommy and Daddy love you' (thinking that such a message is good for the whole school year so no need to re-send, right?).


Sometimes I'm tempted to write 'crazy', atypical, non-cutesy Mommy notes like perhaps, "Carpe Diem", or "Invest in your good karma today".  But I do have to constantly remind myself that a primary objective is to keep my son from therapy at least until he turns 20.  Lord help me!...



10 comments:

  1. Very cute and sweet and a great story to share with him when he's older

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  2. When my son was in Kindergarten I had not thought of doing it either and then he mentioned his friend got them. I have to say that whole year it was so sweet because he had an aide that not only read them to him but would write back, I loved them!! Now he is almost 13 and if I dared to say hello while picking him up never mind put a note in his bag he would go straight to therapy and then die of embarrassemtn!! I would send the Carpe Diem notes, they should not early on in life that we are different!! Great story!!

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  3. Aww that's cute. I write notes for my son on his white board in the mornings since we homeschool, things like Read this, Study that, Practice this, and my favorite...Mommy's Sleeping. Be Quiet. =)He usually wakes up before me...

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  4. Now THOSE are my kind of notes!!!  :-)))

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  5. Sometimes I wonder if I was like that when I became a teenager....Of course I'd say no, hahahah!  Truth is I was probably too scared of my parents to act out, lol! (Hence my therapy later in life, hehehehe)

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  6. That is a very adorable Lunch box. Don't feel too badly, I had never thought of these notes to the children before either. My mother never sent notes to school with us. She told us she loved us before we left for school and in the evenings when we got home. Of course she also had NINE children, so that could be a fairly good reason to note write a note each and every day. lol. 


    My children don't take lunch boxes to school because they eat the school meals. so again, no need for a little note. When my boys do use their lunch boxes it is on a field trip and I"m usually right there with them..so again..a note would be a moot point. 

    But WAY TO GO for the moms who are that creative to think of such a fun thing to do for their children! 

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  7. I never ever got notes in my lunch box as a kid and my kids have certainly never got notes in their's - I never ever thought of doing something like that

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  8. Oh my God, whatever next. Imagine the kindergarten teacher having to read thirty notes at break-time. Joy pride yourself on not being a "helicopter" mum....constantly hovering.

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  9. Your last paragraph is so funny, especially the line about therapy. It's an exciting -- and sometimes terrifying -- time for kids when they start school and begin to interact with strangers. I bet your son is having an easy time of it, based on how grounded he must be having you as a mom (as I judge it from your posts).

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  10. MikeB: I hope he turns out okay. Sometimes I'm not too sure given how psychotic Mom could be, hahaha!

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