This was exciting not just because Joe loved his lunch (as I hope he does every day) but because his classmates wished they could have what he was eating. My boys have had quite a challenging journey with food. Over the last 11 1/2 and 8 1/2 years respectively, they have often been the only ones saying no to a "treat" or been the ones with different foods than the norm in their lunchboxes. This is not a new phenomenon - my best friend in Aus was from a European background and in the 1970's the other kids used to tell her that her salami, pasta and olives stank as they tucked into their Wonderbread and cheese sandwiches. Funnily enough the foods she had in her lunchbox are now delicatessen specialities. But I digress.
My boys have had to learn to say no and march in a different direction to their peers. And, I have to say as much as this has sometimes been so hard to watch as a parent whose first instinct is to protect, it has also given them confidence and been a great life lesson. I reassure myself that not only do they eat well and have always been stuffed full of nutrient dense foods to spur their growth and build their immune systems. But, they are also lots less likely to feel compelled to do some of the crazy peer pressure stuff as they get older. Or am I living in a Disney World dream lol ??!!
Anyway I know I'm on a winner for Max today as he has a pancakey wrap (no wheat flour but loads of protein) stuffed with Mexican prawns and sour cream. Sure beats my lunch ... Joe on the other hand is road testing some linseed bread I am trying to perfect. But that may have to wait until tomorrow ...
Do your kids get envied or do they have lunchbox envy?