When the Pottery Barn Kids catalog came in the mail, I took a quick glance and laid it aside. I love getting inspiration from their great kids' bedroom designs, but this particular catalog was a "Back to School" edition with backpacks and lunchboxes, and our "Back to (Home)School" requires neither.
And then later, I heard ooh-ing and aah-ing. Extreme ooh-ing and aahing. Someone was impressed with something.
I found Bekah with the Pottery Barn catalog. And she was ooh-ing and aah-ing over the beautiful lunch presentations! Oooh, the wee containers of berries! Aaah, the veggies and dip! The tic-tac-toe sandwiches! The butterfly sandwiches! Such beauty!
She tore the pages of artful lunch ideas from the catalog before she returned it to the recycle pile.
I have often said that one of the (many) benefits of homeschooling is that I do not have to pack lunches. I only need to pack lunches for our monthly co-op, and I usually
whine complain fret about that. (I just never know what to pack. I'm not a big fan of sandwiches, and what else do you put in a lunch box? Especially when you're running late, which is almost always.)
But after witnessing Bekah's thrill at the beautiful lunch presentations, I have determined to make our co-op lunches shine this year!
I surprised Bekah with an "unbirthday" gift of a multi-compartment lunch container that she had admired. She is already making plans for the first couple of lunches. We will be more organized about pre-planning and having the right supplies on hand. Bekah may even do the assembling and packing herself.
One of the (many) joys of raising children is seeing their individual personalities blossom...watching to see what they love, what their talents are, what makes their heart sing!
And when something so simple makes my girl's heart sing, then why not encourage the singing?