It happens every June… I’m burnt out on volunteering at my kid’s school. Also, I volunteer other places, but knowing Summer is in sight, that I’ve almost reached the mountain top makes me want to run screaming from the campus.
Also, Vivien is graduating from Elementary school and for months I’ve been part of a group putting that shing ding together. I retired from beautification after 5 years, but got pulled back on fundraiser party committee, but the one thing I’m bound and determined to not do next year: serve hot lunch. Here is a video I did the first time I did it when Vivien was in kindergarten.
I need to do the update… I’m a veteran now. I know what to do and which kids are going to be picky and which ones stare at the sky while I repeat, “do you want apples? Do you want apples? I said, Do you WANT APPLES?” Sweeping the smashed food under the tables. Ending the shift and realizing I only have 90 minutes before pick up.
Four more days…
Then in the fall I have to have the strength to just say no.
When I did this video about volunteering to serve lunch at Vivien’s school I was treated very differently.
I thought it signaled the start of my children’s disinterest in me and concentration on their friends. But, now that Rex is in kindergarten I’m trying it again. This time I’m getting the love that had eluded me. Between putting on the plastic gloves, tying up my hair and running to replenish the pizza and orange slices Rex will appear for a moment “Hi, Mommy!” Give me a hug and run off. Then between asking kids if they want two helpings of vegetables or one of vegis and one of fruit, there is a lull where I gaze lovingly at he and his new buddies playing on the grass.
On the 3rd hour of this shift as I sweep the debris left under the tables, Rex long ago back in his class, I think. Don’t I see this kid every night? There must be an easier way to see him.
Okay, this got a little choppy, but when I held up the potato chips there was a longer story there. Hey, it’s hard to fit it all in, in under 70 seconds.
My cousin Margo is a schoolteacher. She teaches elementary kids on a military base. According to her, lunch is a big problem, as the families are poor and the kids don’t get adequate nutrition. She actually has kids who come to class with a bag of chips for lunch.
The harried quality of this video captures how I feel on the mornings I forget to make something the night before. Other times, I really enjoy putting the meal together. It’s like an airplane meal. Little bit of protein, little bit of fruit, etc.
What are your favorite things to put in your kids’ lunch?