Back to school…a time of pain (who wants to leave those lazy unscheduled days of summer!) And a time of joy…the excitement of seeing friends, agonizing over the ‘first day of school outfit’, and the very exciting Back to School shopping trip!
In my family, that Back to School shopping extravaganza never amounted to much since I was plagued with a mother who hated to shop, whereas I was one of the only ones in my family that lived to shop (I take after my dad I guess!). Each year my mom would surrender to our “special day” of school shopping, making sure we hit the stores early and had a check list so there was no dilly-dallying.
I was always front and center, with list in hand, and at the top of my list every year was the all-important NEW LUNCH BOX! Of course every year there was the ‘must have’ lunch box…depending on the year it might be The Avengers (Marvel), My Little Ponies (Hasbro) and the ultimate – New Kids On the Block (I LOVED Jordan!) As the years passed these ‘fashionable’ lunch boxes morphed into ‘cooler’ Igloo Lunch Bags and finally the perennial brown paper bag. I hung on to my favorites though I kept them hidden away so my friends wouldn’t see them when they’d come over to play.
I still have two of my ‘classic’ lunch boxes – The Avengers and My Little Ponies. During college I even pulled them out and tried to be a trend setter by using them as a hand bag! During this year’s Back-to-School period the lunchroom conversation turned to lunchbox memories, and I discovered that I am not the only one who held on to their treasured accessory! Sarah brought in her Candyland lunchbox for our own version of ‘show and tell’ – gathering a gaggle of excited ‘girls’, anxious to revisit their childhood memories. Here are a few of our other staff’s favorites.
Although these characters of yesteryear have been relegated to the category of ‘vintage’ – the children of today are still eagerly looking forward to the first day of school…and proudly displaying that great new LUNCHBOX! I can’t wait until I can share in this time-honored tradition!
What was YOUR favorite lunchbox? Come on…share!