I’m going to take a very unpopular stance here… and declare… I LOVE making my son’s school lunches.
It’s true! Okay, so this is only my second year of taking on the chore, and who knows how I’ll feel about it when he’s in sixth, seventh or eighth grade. But for now, I actually become (often irrationally) excited when it comes time to assemble his afternoon meal. But why am I such a lunch-making fanatic?
It’s because I know that Ryder never peeks at his lunch before he opens it at school. It’s the element of surprise! And I giggle to myself, as I too can feel his utter joy and delight as he opens his lunchbag to find his favourite fruit, granola bar or chocolate pudding handily tucked away. I can picture his tiny brow furrowed in concentration as he roots around for the spoon for his pudding. I can see him sigh with relief as he confirms that I’ve packed his preferred brand of juice.
In short, I strive to give Ryder as many fun-filled moments as possible, because the truth is, while I can control what goes into his lunch, I can’t control the other unexpected moments he’ll encounter the first few days at school. Like finding out his best friend is now attending another school. Or that his favourite lunchroom supervisor has moved on. And that he’ll now be introduced to subjects that are new to him, which will no doubt cause some anxiety. But that’s what growing up is all about, isn’t it?
Hence, I know all surprises can’t be happy ones, so we do our best to balance them out. And sometimes, that balance comes in the form of Chocolate Fudge Pudding.
For parents in the Greater Toronto Area, I’m so pleased to give you the heads up about a very special surprise headed your way over the next several days…
Remember the joy and excitement you felt when you heard the charming jingle of the Ice Cream truck? Snack Pack – our favourite simple snack that you can slurp off the spoon with a satisfying lip smack – wants to recreate this feeling for today’s kids and adults. Meet the Amazing Snack Pack Pudding Truck! A fun, branded truck that pops up in your neighbourhood, filled with delicious pudding to make back-to-school and exciting time for children….