You know what, kid? Maybe you need to start packing your own lunch.

September 24th, 2013 · 92 comments

Christina in Marietta, Georgia says her 7-year-old daughter pointedly handed her this note when she picked up after school. “For the record,” Christina says, “The bread was fresh, just multigrain instead of whole wheat. The cheese was simply a different brand of Swiss cheese. Both were bought the day before.”

Today on my sandwich the bread was stale and the chese was rotten.

Meanwhile, Steph in St. Paul, Minnesota received this missive from her 6-year-old after running out of garlic salt to sprinkle on her “macken cheese,” thus beginning a 15-month boycott. (“Honestly though,” says Steph, “I don’t think mac & cheese is very healthy anyway, so…”)

 I DO NOT Wont My MackEn chees I absilootly hate macken chees pick owt anether thing but not macken cheese

Finally, Beth in New Jersey got this “friendly letter” sent home from school with her 7-year-old son.

Dear Mom, Please do not give me Sun Chips. I hate them! Write back soon.

related: I love you, Mommy. Your sandwiches? Not so much.

FILED UNDER: cheese · food · kids · most popular notes of 2013 · Mother-daughter notes

92 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Sarah

    I can totally see my 6 year old writing me one of these…SOOO cute. I have an awesome letter my son wrote me hanging on the wall that says “This is me with poop and boogers” and the accompanied pic is of him covered in poo. With green boogers next to his feet. He drew it at age 4. I will frame it for his future wife.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   21skulls

      15 months is a long time to boycott something when you’re 6 (he’s probably 7 now, but whatevs).


      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Gladystopia

    Swiss cheese DOES taste rotten. Like rotten feet. And rotten-feet cheese on glumpy multigrain bread….yeah, Team Kid all the way on THAT one. And the sunchips one, as well. Those things are nasty.

    But who puts garlic salt on mackencheese, anyway?

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   wah?

      Garlic salt is, in fact, the crucial ingredient that differentiates macken cheese from mac n cheese.

      Sep 24, 2013 at 6:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   Sarah Beck

      Seriously? I mean, I threw away my share of lunches as a kid, but I never thought to complain about what my mom put in my lunch. Those kids would be getting PB&J till the graduated high school if I was their mom!

      Sep 24, 2013 at 11:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Lil'

      PB&J everyday would be my 5-year-old’s dream come true. I buy him school lunch every day because I want him to have hot lunches and more variety. They get three entree choices every day (which they get to select from themselves at the beginning of the school day), and one is always PB&J. Unless one of the other two is chicken nuggets, fish nuggets or pizza, he’s eating PB&J. He does pick some healthy sides, so I guess it’s not a total loss.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 7:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Wench

      peanut butter and chocolate spread.

      that is all.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 7:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.5   Raichu

      I think you mean peanut butter and Nutella.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.6   Kathy

      Which is just a Reeses peanut butter cup.

      Sep 28, 2013 at 4:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   ElleDubs

    This kid may grow up to be William Carlos Williams if you keep cold plums in the ice box.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Gladystopia

      It would be substantially more difficult to keep warm plums in the icebox. (Or rather, to keep plums warm in the icebox; warm plums in the icebox would remain plums, but would cease rather quickly to be warm.)

      Sep 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   ElleDubs

      True, though my redundancy was basically alluding to WCW’s poem “This Is Just to Say.” :)

      Sep 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.3   Jessica

      Really? Of all the things to correct on the internet, you had to make an issue out of cold plums in the icebox?

      Sep 24, 2013 at 6:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.4   Rose

      One must start somewhere.

      Sep 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.5   No Swiss

      It tastes like vomit to me. I love cheese, but Swiss cheese is nasty.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 6:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.6   Gladystopia

      Actually, I’d already corrected everything else on the Internet up til that point–the cold plums weren’t the start, but the end, of my corrections.

      Now, unfortunately, I’ve got a whole fresh 24 hours’ worth of misplaced apostrophes, bad syntax, and misspellings to repair. So if you’ll excuse me….

      (P.S. My husband is in charge of troll removal; he may be dropping by on HIS rounds later.)

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   ExpectingEaster

    Sun Chips are pretty nasty.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Sarah

      Totally agree! They are not chips. They are cardboard.

      Sep 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   FeRD bang

      Cardboard chips, though! Why can’t chips be made of cardboard?

      (Unless you’re British. Then they’re made of french fries.)

      Sep 25, 2013 at 2:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Dana

      No – they are made of potatoes !

      French fries are skinny chips (fries) to us brits – you couldn’t get a decent crisp (chips to you folks in the US) out of them if you tried !

      and for the record aluminium is pronounced AL-U-MIN-IMUM – not alum-inum :)

      Sep 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   helen-louise

      Funny, I thought it was pronounced AL-U-MIN-I-UM. No “mum”!

      Sep 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   FeRD bang

      The funny thing, of course, with “aluminum” is that, for once, we’re the ones using the form initially favored by the name’s originator — a Brit, no less! But then he (and the world) slept on the idea, and decided they liked “aluminium” better.

      What can I say? We Americans, we’re traditionalists. 8)

      (Also, we don’t say alum-inum. That’s crazy-talk! We say a-Loo-min-um.)

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   redheadwglasses

    I was such an easy kid. all I needed for a sandwich was white bread and ketchup.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   H for Toy


      Sep 24, 2013 at 8:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Sarah Beck


      Sep 24, 2013 at 11:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   it's naptime

      I used to eat that, too. I have even been known to coat potato chips in ketchup and stack them until it was a crunchy, delicious, scooby-doo-sized sandwich. Ah, childhood delicacies.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 12:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   The Elf

      Well, I can see the appeal of nutritionless low-fiber carb + a smear of sugar, with the vaguest hint of fruit.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 7:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   redheadwglasses

      I gave up white bread around age 30, thankfully. But I do consume a lot of ketchup! mMmmm Scrambled eggs and ketchup!

      Sep 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.6   luna

      A plain old vegemite sandwich was good enough for me.

      Sep 27, 2013 at 6:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Jami

    Am I the only one here who LIKES Sunchips?

    I’m not suppose to eat them cause I’m allergic to whole grain. (Especially wheat but pretty much all whole grain causes various allergic reactions. Mostly breaking out in big zits and – bathroom issues.) But I find them tasty.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Chad

      Sun chips are one of the only kinds of chips I eat. All the rest you can taste the grease blech. Also if my kid ever did this id make the same sandwich everyday…the one they didn’t like *cough I’m just kidding. But I don’t understand these kids, disrespectful little fuckers

      Sep 24, 2013 at 8:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.2   H for Toy

      I like Sunchips. Also, after I started complaining about my lunches as a kid, I got to make my own lunch from then on. Boy, did I learn my lesson quickly! Still had to make my own lunch though.

      Sep 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.3   Sarah Beck

      Yeah, I’m with you guys. I’m not kidding, that kid would be getting liverwurst and limburger or something equally disgusting. Complain about your foo again, you little brat.

      Sep 24, 2013 at 11:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.4   Lil'

      I like the Harvest Cheddar Sunchips. Not bad at all.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 7:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.5   Tom

      I’ve never really gotten the parents that take the “you should be grateful for anything I give you!” stance. I mean, way to make your kids sound like the biggest chore in the world. They are, I guess, but it’s pretty shitty to realize that as a kid, you know? And when your parents act like buying a different cheese is just the most horrible imposition on their life, and you’re a brat for even suggesting it…..yeah.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 9:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.6   The Elf

      I’ve never really gotten the parents who endlessly cater to their children’s whims. I mean, who is in charge here?

      Sep 25, 2013 at 9:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.7   H for Toy

      That’s exactly it, Elf. Nobody ever said life was fair. If you learn it as a kid, you won’t have to have your roommates or internet commenters teach it to you as an adult.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 10:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.8   Jami

      Mom always asked what I wanted in my lunch. I usually got some variation on that. So I never thought to complain. Besides, some of my friends had it worse. One’s mom was this vegan who gave other vegans a bad name and would bring these stinky vegan hot dogs with no buns or condiments, still in the pan she boiled them in. The girl was so bad off she often had major sugar crashes and my mom, who volunteered in the library back then, would keep lollipops on hand to give her when she felt faint.

      So yeah, I had it pretty sweet. I got mostly what I asked for, some healthy choices, a soda, and then there were the days mom would stop by with a personal pizza for me.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.9   Beth

      Huh, how is it catering to their whims to not feed them food they don’t like?

      If you’re making them a sandwich you might as well make something they like. It’s not like a family meal where sometimes they might have to just suck it up.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.10   Lil'

      I’m with Tom and Beth on this one. When we know our kids don’t like a certain food, why force it on them? For example, there are plenty of vegetables my son loves, so why force him to eat brussel sprouts when I know he hates them. What lesson is that teaching him? As an adult, nobody is forcing me to eat mayo, which I hate. Save the life lessons for the things that really matter.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.11   The Elf


      Sep 25, 2013 at 12:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.12   redheadwglasses

      Thanks for the reminder to check stfuparents. I haven’t been there this week.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.13   H for Toy

      There’s no indication in these notes that any of the kids previously disliked anything that was given to them, except maybe the third kid, but he can make his own lunch then. Good luck figuring out something relatively nutritious, that keeps well and doesn’t need to be reheated at lunch time. I don’t agree with making things specifically because my children hate them, either, but I won’t allow them to turn out like the woman I know, who only eats a total of 10 things, because her parents never made her eat anything she didn’t like.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.14   AuntyBron

      I like Sun Chips – but they have to e coated in the powdered cheese-like substance or other ymmy powdered flavoring.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 9:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.15   JoDa

      I agree with forcing a variety, but I know far too many parents who take the “eat it and like it or starve” approach. My mom was actually the opposite – she was a picky eater who sought to project her pickiness on us. Still, as an adult who is a MUCH more adventurous eater, I have my likes and dislikes. I don’t like swiss cheese (regardless of brand), yellow mustard, or rye bread, for example. Why should I, or any kid, be forced to eat these things beyond giving them an honest try, when there are easy and equally nutritious substitutes readily available? Sure, I guess if you’ve got 10 kids and they all will only eat one, different, kind of bread, that could be a problem. But, for most people, “appeasing” a small preference isn’t all that cumbersome.

      Should you let your kid subsist on chicken nuggets and french fries because they “refuse” to eat anything else? Of course not. But if they’re fine with whole wheat bread but turn their nose up at crusty multi-grain, that’s not the end of the world (chances are a good whole wheat actually has more fiber than most “multi-grain” varieties). Or, like others have hinted at, if the kid will gobble down 90 out of 100 veggies, why insist on the other 10?

      Also, if you *really* want your kid to eat brussels sprouts, try this. Blanche them for 3 minutes in boiling water, drain them thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel. Put them in a large skillet/frying pan with some olive oil and cook until tender. In a sauce pan, reduce some balsamic vinegar to about 2/3 volume, then add 1 part honey to 3 parts vinegar and a dash of fresh garlic and a light sprinkling of red pepper flakes. Cook until thick, and use this to coat the brussels sprouts. Also works well with mushrooms and asparagus. My balsamic-honey-garlic sauce brings the boys to the yard…

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.16   Jami

      Even then I still won’t eat brussels sprouts.

      When it comes to Sun Chips I love the French Onion, Harvest Cheddar, and Garden Salsa ones.

      I just wish they could find a way to be whole grain without it aggravating my allergies.

      It’s not celiacs – been tested. And I can eat things made from grain if they’ve been processed to the point where there’s no real nutritional value to them. But whole grain always gets me. Within a short period of time I start breaking out around my mouth and along my jaw. And then the other problems I won’t mention cause I don’t want to make people puke.

      You should’ve seen me before I got tested for celiacs and to see why I’m so darn anemic. For a few weeks before I had to eat a LOT of whole wheat products to see how much inflammation it caused. I had more acne popping up than a teenager who just entered puberty and never washes their face.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.17   L

      I had texture issues as a kid and if you tried to force me to eat something I didn’t like, I’d refuse (and trust me, I was stubborn), cry, and then probably throw up on you if. I know with a lot of kids it ends up being a sensory thing, like I’m pretty sure a fair amount of autistic kids have serious texture issues.

      I had a really awful kindergarten teacher who didn’t understand that not everyone liked the same food. As in 4 and 5 year olds. Like she’d serve franks and beans as a “snack”, or one time I had this major fight issue with her because she made these cracker sandwiches with crackers, pickles, cheese and meat. I would have eaten everything but the cheese (I hate cheese to this day) if she’d let me take it apart and eat them separately but she wouldn’t. So I sat there and refused to eat it until either the end of the day or until the free play time we got after the snack was over, I can’t remember which, but I know I never at that thing :P

      I don’t understand forcing kids to eat things they hate. I don’t do that to myself as an adult, I wouldn’t do that to a kid. TRY things, yes. Multiple times. But what are you teaching them if you force them to eat things they hate? “Hey, you know, this thing is kinda gross and you don’t like it, but shove it down your throat anyways!” Yeah, that seems healthy…

      Also on the subject of things to send for lunches… there’s a whole trend of blogs devoted to that kind of thing. There are plenty of things other than sandwiches to send for lunches.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.18   JoDa

      To actually respond to the original comment: I like Sunchips, too. Especially the cheddar ones. :)

      Backing up L…I think people are too scared of “spoilage” in general. Most kids get to school around, what, 8 AM? And eat lunch between 11 and Noon? Even if they have an hour-long bus ride to get to school, chances are anything you pack will not, actually, spoil in that time frame. Some things might be a little gross…cheese left to sit at room temp for that long, for example, gets a little wilty, but it’s still *safe.* Plus, nowadays, we have these really cool things like insulated lunch boxes and ice packs. I have a fridge at work, and I sometimes forget to pop my lunch in it…a lunch that normally includes meat, cheese, and even condiments like mayo. NBD, it’s still safe to eat when 12:30 rolls around. Before I had a fridge, I’d just toss an ice pack into the lunch box and I was good to go.

      There’s really no good reason to not pack a real meal for lunch. Though I do wish that schools would see fit to make microwaves available for kids. No one would think an adult was being unreasonable for thinking they should have a means to heat up a lunch at work (beyond my fridge, we have a microwave and toaster oven in my office), why should kids not get the privilege of a hot, home-cooked meal? Especially when school lunch is frequently so terrible. I just checked the website of the district I went to school in (and that was a while ago), and the lunches are the same…carby calorie-bombs of questionable nutritional value. And since that hasn’t changed, I can imagine that the repeat instances where I had to argue with a cafeteria lady that I wasn’t taking the “chicken patty on a bun” with a moldy bun still happen. No, lady, I won’t “just pick off” the mold…ewww.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.19   Rachel

      Thirty kids in a class … how many microwaves would you need to have them all heated for lunch? Not to mention the safety issues.

      Sep 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.20   Jami

      L – How’d she get away with that anyway? Was it a private religious school where everyone was of the same faith? (Thinking about kosher issues – no dairy and meats can be mixed together along with all the other rules.) And how did she know that some kids weren’t vegetarians? Or allergic?

      Now a days from what I read from other mothers allergies are such a big issue schools give parents a list of what they cannot pack their kids. Especially anything made from peanuts. Which I think is pretty darn silly. If the kid who’s allergic to the stuff doesn’t know to stay away that’s up to their parents to teach them. Not other kids’ parents. Packing lunches is hard enough as it is, it seems, without being forbidden certain things that are normally a staple of the diet.

      As for forcing kids to eat things they don’t like. The idea is you can make them like it. “Try it, you’ll like it.” And of course “Mustn’t waste food.”

      Yeah, still hate lima beans to this day, mom, and tuna fish. I would sooner starve to death.

      Sep 28, 2013 at 12:45 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.21   Snowflame

      Think the thing with peanut allergies is that there are some people who can have a major, or possibly fatal, allergic reaction if they just breathe the dust in. It’s one thing to say the kid should be staying away from eating things in other people’s lunchboxes, it’s another to say that he shouldn’t sit next to his friends at lunch just in case they have peanuts. Of course, it’s not very likely that any given school would have a kid with such a strong allergy, but I believe that’s the logic.

      Sep 28, 2013 at 2:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.22   Jami

      I just think the parents of the kids with allergies should take time to teach their kids what to avoid instead of expecting other parents to change their habbits. I don’t force people to not eat pork or bell peppers just because I’m allergic. I just make sure I don’t eat them and have since I was a child.

      Sep 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #6.23   Susie

      Continuing the bird walk from the original thread starter and responding to JoDa and Rachael, I teach 3rd grade and lunch is from 10:50-11:15, start to finish. So, we walk in at 10:50 and I put my food in microwave to heat up, then I have to help my kids get through the line because as nice as it is for them to have choices, it’s too overwhelming for them to make those decisions, and they forget milk, fruit, forks, napkins, etc. It’s also wrong for me to sit and eat until my students are taken care of.
      After they make it through the line, I grab my food and sit down with my kids – it’s now 11 am, or 10:57 if I’m lucky. So, I have to supervise my kids while eating, and I have until 11:12 to eat my lunch, because I leave to use the restroom (team teacher watches kids) so we can dismiss at 11:15. I have no breaks from 11:15-2:15 (dismissal) so not going during lunch is not an option. (Planning is 8:45-9:30 am).
      I have mastered this, and have no complaints.

      My point is: if students were to have access to microwaves… Those precious 12-15 minutes I have to eat would be wiped away by microwaving, checking for food to be warm/cool/scalding, reheating, etc. for the 7 or 8 students who bring lunch to school (or more if the option became available.)
      Not to mention parents who will send things in non-microwaveable safe containers (there’s not any extra laying around at school to fix), and the lack of time those students would have to eat as well.
      Students using microwaves without assistance would be asking for a lawsuit. When’s the last time you saw an 8 year old use good judgement and take the popcorn out on time? When you were that age, weren’t you curious what would happen if you put a plastic toy in, or a metal fork?

      So please, for the safety of kids, and my little bitty time to try and eat something to make it through the last 3 hours, realize students using microwaves is a horrible, horrible idea.

      Sep 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Kathlynn

    you know, I wish I’d done this, instead of throwing out my sandwich for 3 months… (after 6 years of having PB&J sandwiches 4-5 days a week during school kinda wrecked them for me)

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Poltergeist

    Those kids don’t know how good they have it. I work at a school, and I’ve seen my fair share of disgusting lunches.

    -Container of soggy Cheerios in warm milk and a mushy pear
    -3 carrots, a cheese stick, chips, Cheetos, and Fritos
    -Cold, sat-on McDonald’s hamburger and 10 Oreos
    -Lunchables (need I say more?)
    -Salami and Nesquik
    -Frozen chicken patty sandwich topped with American cheese and grape jelly

    I know there are some kids who are difficult eaters, but still…YUCK!

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Lil'

      A container of soggy Cheerios in warm milk? They didn’t even have the decency to pack the milk in a thermos? What kind of parents send lunches like that?! If it’s a matter of income, they should be able to get free lunch. We were dirt poor when I was a kid and we all got free hot meals at school – even breakfast.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 7:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.2   AP

      No, those WERE the hot lunches from the school.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 1:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #8.3   Poltergeist

      Most of these kids do not seem to come from families below the poverty line. It’s either a matter of inexperience (I do sympathize with first-time parents who have difficult kids, as long as they are open to suggestion) or outright laziness.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 6:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   sunshynegrll

    Kid #3 has a point. SunChips are the Raw Bits of chips.

    Sep 24, 2013 at 10:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   FeRD bang

      Two points! When one receives a personalized, hand-delivered letter of this sort, even if it contains a complaint, it is considered polite to send a prompt reply.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 2:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   The Elf

    I love the closing remarks of letter #3: “Write Back Soon”. This, to someone who presumably lives with him.

    Did you write back, Mom? Allow me to do so in your stead.

    Dear Son,

    I buy Sun Chips because I like them. I’m not going to buy something just for you. Eat them or don’t, that’s up to you. You’ll eat them if you’re hungry enough.



    Sep 25, 2013 at 7:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   L

      Are Sun Chips really cheap in other places because they’re like 5 bucks a bag where I live. Buy a box of crackers, save 3 bucks and eat the chips yourself. Why would you send something you like but your kid hates in a lunch where it’s just gonna get thrown away? Waste of money and food.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 4:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Belaani

    Cold greasy hamburgers( left over from supper ) on Wonder Bread. Often. Sometimes a hot dog on a bun. Soggy. Evidently Mom thought soggy was a food group.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 8:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Paula K

    I like Sunchips. Original flavor, please.
    I had baloney/balogna sammiches with mustard nearly every day in middle school. Damn things sat in the locker, in a brown paper bag for a good 4 hours at least. I NEVER got ill from it either.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 8:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Belle

    I loved my mom’s Sunday pot roast, but I hated the pot roast sandwich I got in my lunch the next day. Probably because she didn’t slice the meat thinly, but left it in chunks that fell out when you bit into the sandwich. I wasn’t particularly fussy, though. The only lunch that made me complain was a bologna sandwich. Hated them then, hate them now. PB&J is where it’s at, especially when made with homemade strawberry jam.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 10:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   KHandcock

      Now that I’m well versed in the bliss of homemade strawberry freezer jam, I don’t know if I could ever add peanut butter to it! Seriously, it tastes EXACTLY like fresh strawberries. It’s like eating a strawberry sandwich!

      Peanut butter and honey, on the other hand…

      Sep 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Mean Mom

    Maybe I’m just mean to my kids. One day I realized, “I don’t eat sack lunches, why am I making 3 of them?” (Two kids and hubby all eat sack lunches) From then on they’ve made their own, and the only time I help is when sharp knives are involved. They have freedom to pick from ordinary lunch items, or can ask about taking leftovers. By the time they were in second grade, they had almost total control over what was in their lunch. If you don’t like what mom makes, make it yourself, it’s simple.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   The Elf

      That’s what my Mom did, though for a slightly different reason. It’s because both she and Dad left before us in the morning, so lunch was on us to get together. She put everything in one place in the fridge and one place in the cupboard: sandwich stuff, pre-cut veggies, single serving yogurts, fruit, pre-bagged crackers, etc. So from about the second grade on, I put together my own lunch.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Spoiled Brat?

      My dad always insisted on making me my meals up until I left for college, even though I would tell him that I could make it myself. A lot of the time, our conversations would go like this:

      Dad: Do you want a smoothie?
      Me: No thanks.
      *ten minutes later*
      Dad: Here’s your smoothie.


      Me: Dad, I’m going to get my own breakfast tomorrow.
      Tomorrow morning, eggs are on the table already when I get up.

      I didn’t usually mind his cooking, and when I did I didn’t complain about it, but some parents just don’t give you the option to make your own food. I sort of wish I had gotten to do that more.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 6:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   JoDa

      I pack my lunch most days (I prefer my own cooking to fast food or our expensive and inadequate cafeteria), and I just double up dinner to do so. It works out like: Sunday I eat a fresh-cooked meal and have leftovers for lunch on Monday; Monday evening I make 2 salads and have one for dinner and one for lunch the next day; Tuesday night repeat Sunday; repeat for the rest of the week except Friday when I get fish tacos at work for lunch (office tradition…there’s a place that has amaze-balls tacos but you have to put your order in by 10 AM if you want to eat before you leave work, so we only bother on Friday) and Saturday when I normally eat dinner out. Works out that I get to eat well for basically no extra effort. Most lunches will keep overnight…

      Sep 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   kermit

      Spoiled – The easy solution to that is instead of saying “no thanks”, say “let me help you make that or “teach me how to make that”. And then just offer it to somebody else to eat, if you’re not hungry.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 8:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   Anonymouse

      You know, if you’re not careful, you’re going to end up making your kids self sufficient, well adjusted adults.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Spoiled Brat?

      Kermit – Oh believe me, I tried that. The problem was that it was things like sandwiches that I already knew how to make. Also, I didn’t actually want ANY food in the situation I’m describing, but I would feel guilty if I didn’t eat it. Usually there wasn’t really anyone else to offer it to, since he would do the same thing with my brother.

      Oct 5, 2013 at 3:12 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   redheadwglasses

    My boyfriend’s sahm wasn’t a morning person, so the kids were on their own for breakfast. So before dad left for work early, he’d set out three bowls of dry cereal and three tumblers of kool aid, to pour onto the cereal (since it would “keep’ better at room temp than milk would). Lord knows a sahm should get to sleep in, not get her kids off to school!

    Sep 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   L

      …because these kids were incapable of opening the fridge?

      Sep 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   redheadwglasses

      I think they were young enough that they weren’t to be trusted with a gallon of milk to pour over cereal. Plus this way, the kids had to stay in the basement. (Dad would put the cereal and koolaid on a table in the basement, where they slept.)

      Oct 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Tard

    PB&J, liverwurst and baloney sandwiches were the SHIT when I was a kid, baby!

    The only time I ate the cafeteria lunch was on pizza and chocolate milk day.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 3:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   The Elf

      PB&J, liverwurst, and baloney all together in a sandwich would be shit.

      Sep 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   SB

    Wow, I must be in the vast minority. I love Swiss cheese and Sunchips. I, in all honestly, had a multi-grain wrap with salami and Swiss with a side of cheddar Sunchips and hummus for lunch. It was the bestest.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   JoDa

    In fairness, running out of garlic salt is a crime usually punishable by something worse than a boycott…

    Sep 25, 2013 at 7:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   AuntyBron

    Dear Son,
    You don’t like what I packed for lunch yesterday so here is the new menu: stale crusts of bread and brackish water with a side of gruel.

    Bon Appetit

    Sep 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Tom

      *insert eyeroll here*

      Sep 26, 2013 at 1:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   redheadwglasses

    I may be very happily divorced from a psycho whose habits included drinking and revenge, I really enjoyed packing his lunch as often as possible, with killer lunches made from leftovers from homecooked meals. I saw it as a personal challenge to pack him a rather fabulous lunch for work.

    Ah, fuck him.

    Sep 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Gladystopia

      Hopefully you’ll find someone WORTH the fabulous lunch.

      (Vengeful drunkards are decidedly unworthy of anything more awesome than stinky feet-cheese, sunchips, and three servings from the “Soggy” food group.)

      Sep 25, 2013 at 11:51 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.2   Poltergeist

      You can pack my lunch any time, red.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 1:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.3   kermit

      If it’s just the act of packing lunches you like, you can just volunteer at your local homeless shelter [or other organization you like] and/or make them your pack lunches At least they’d be damn grateful.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 8:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.4   1deprogrammed1

      Here’s what he should have received: A bone sandwich comes to mind. Freshly de-meated chicken bones with barbeque sauce. If he had been exceptionally good, they would be rib bones. St. Louis style ribs. Freshly de-meated.

      Sep 26, 2013 at 9:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #20.5   redheadwglasses

      Heh I’m glad I had this page/thread bookmarked and was cleaning off my computer and rediscovered this. Thanks for the chuckles, folks.

      Oct 1, 2013 at 7:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   B

    I just had a baby, so my mom decided to go through everything she’s kept of mine and brought me a few things. One gem was a letter I wrote around 25 years ago, about how I will never lend her money ever again, because she doesn’t pay me back. It was a very angry letter for my 5-year-old self, who probably made the entire incident up. I can’t see my mom wanting to steal my money – all $1 of it.

    Sep 26, 2013 at 6:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   1deprogrammed1

    You don’t like your sandwich kid? Your lunch tomorrow will be a jam sandwich – two plain pieces of bread jammed together.

    Sep 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   Moe

    In the “rotten cheese” kid’s defense – switching brands of cheese isn’t necessarily a trivial thing.

    I love muenster cheese but rarely buy it because I’m on a budget (the kind where I rarely buy anything). I caved and bought some muenster just the other day because it was on sale and I was remembering how delicious it was when I had some while visiting my parents a couple months ago. The brand I bought ended up being disgusting. I could only save it by melting it on Triscuits with lots of onion and garlic powder.

    Also, store-brand Velveeta — AWFUL. Pay a little more and get the real* stuff for your grilled cheese.

    *Yes, I know, it’s Velveeta, and there’s nothing “real” about it, but you know what I mean.

    Sep 27, 2013 at 11:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Kay

    I remember once when I was in 4th or 5th grade my lunch was what I thought was a plain peanut butter sandwich. But when I looked at it there was a layer of something soaked into the bread so I didn’t eat it assuming there was something wrong with the peanut butter (yeah, I was a picky eater). When I got home my mom asked me if I liked my peanut butter and honey sandwich and when I told her that I didn’t eat it because I thought there was something wrong with it. I’d never had a pb and honey sandwich and she didn’t tell me she was giving me one. She was really mad but I still maintain it was her fault. I was not a child to spring change on unannounced.

    Sep 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up