I’m currently reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life In one chapter she talks about – in essence – breaking writer’s block by writing about school lunches.
Now while this is an interesting exercise for her, for food-obsessed people like us, the topic of school lunches is a bit more fascinating. Lamott talks about the three kinds of acceptable sandwiches – bologna, salami with “unaggressive cheese” and PB&J – the required uniformity of carrot sticks, the all important wrapping of the sandwich and what your lunch said about how your family was doing.
I’ve never once thought about what my school lunch said about my family, but now that the question has been posed I’m fascinated and a bit frightened. You see, while I know that PB&J must have been in my lunch at some time, the lunch my Mom packed for me most often in elementary school was this:
That’s right, the type of lunch thrown together in 5 mins by your older teenage brother. I’m not sure this says positive things about my family but I did have the most envied lunch in school.
So, I’m curious – what was in your school lunch? Did you brown bag it or buy hot lunch? Were there unwritten rules among your classmates about what could or could not be in your lunch? What food was considered too eccentric for school?