When my oldest child started Kindergarten, I wanted to make the transition as easy as possible. One of the things I did was put little notes in her lunch box. She loves to draw, so I would draw pictures on these notes as well. At first, the notes were simple messages to let her know how much I loved her. Then, they became little recreations of her favorite Care Bear cartoon episodes.
As the year went on, I began incorporating some of the things she would learn during school – a fun way to reinforce her learning.
She enjoyed these little notes, and I enjoyed coming up new and creative ones every day. Eventually my second child entered kindergarten. Now, I don’t know if this is a birth order thing or what, but my second child is strong-willed and dramatic, to put it mildly. So in addition to the cutesy love notes and educational pictures, I also started incorporating what I call, “behavior correction notices.” I would draw a picture of her misdeed, making sure to throw in a corresponding Bible verse in order to strike the fear of God into her heart. Let me tell you, nothing straightens up bad behavior like the threat of making God angry, and I play that card regularly.
Nowadays, I can’t seem to get it together enough to put together a packed lunch, much less a fancy picture note. However, my daughters and I still do love to draw and oftentimes will create little love notes, comic strips and books for each other. It is a special and endearing bond that I share with them. It is also the reason why my blog is called, “The Lunchbox Memoirs.” I am not much of a writer. Much of what I have to offer are little snapshots of our family life through drawings, photos and video shorts, which are inspired by those original notes that went into the girls’ lunchboxes. As a mom of three young girls, I simply do not have the time or brain capacity for much more than that, and if you are a parent of young children, I’m sure you don’t as well. So if you have a minute or two between homework and diaper changes, swing on by.
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