There are so many things that I miss being able to tell my mom, even dumb little things, and this is one I know she would have laughed at and loved!
Remember how I had a tiny little freak-out at the end of last school year about the fact that Luke has to eat lunch at school (or rather, take his lunch to school) starting this fall? Well, I’ve started thinking about the logistics of everything over the last few weeks, and I’ve purchased a couple of things that will be used heavily over the next few years, I think.
But back to my mom: she was the original “green” mom way back when, way before it was hip. Like me, it mainly had to do with saving money…why throw something away when you can use it again, or why use something disposable when there’s a better alternative? Of course, she tried to apply this to my lunch, which I usually only brought once a week. On occasion, she’d pack my lunch in a plastic container instead of a sandwich bag, and I cannot stress enough how much I hated this.
Well, as we all know, times have changed. Luke chose his lunchbox a few weeks ago (I totally lucked out and he picked one that’s on sale – the green retro one) and last week, I bought a big box of Rubbermaid containers to use for his school lunch. And he’s excited about all of this! Oh, and I’m excited to own some larger storage containers that are NOT the disposable kind.
Last week, we also got a notice in the mail about how the school lunch money system works, and I started figuring out what it would cost to buy him a carton of milk every day he brings his lunch…it added up to over $75 (not to mention the fact that he would likely choose chocolate milk even if he wasn’t supposed to! And if we’re really being green here, the carton waste…). I looked online and found a Star Wars thermos that he thinks is pretty cool. And at $16, plus the cost of milk from the gallon at home, I figure we’ll save at least $40 this year. Now, this is if the thermos doesn’t leak and bringing a thermos isn’t uncool, of course…UPDATED TO ADD: In 3 years’ time, that thermos leaked once…and it was because I didn’t get the lid on straight. He used the same thermos for 3 years, and would still be using it for 4th grade had the bottom not fallen off.
So, these little investments in our “lunch kit” are what works for me…that, and knowing that my mom would be proud ;).
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