September 15, 2009
The New England Whaler and Other School Lunch Delicacies
The current obsession of our household is the school lunch menu. The calendar displaying each month's offerings is posted on the side of the refrigerator, where it is studied religiously until it is committed to memory by everyone under the age of seven.
"Can I PLEEEEEEASE buy lunch tomorrow?" Camber begged one night at dinner last week. "They're having wide egg noodles with a side of gravy," she said, licking her lips.
At the mention of gravy, Kellen and Cortlen started to cry. The cruel fate of attending morning kindergarten and coming home from school each day before lunch is served was too much to bear.
My husband almost lost his lunch imagining what a thick dollop of gravy would look like on his own plate. I smiled politely at my daughter and quickly scanned the menu for a less repulsive alternative.
Necessity forced me to rethink my definition of disgusting.
"How about Wednesday's special--the New England Whaler?" I suggested, referring to the elementary school's pseudonym for a Bacon, Egg, and Cheese McMuffin.
"That's served with tater tots and strawberry milk," Camber added, weighing her options.
The mention of flavored milk caused Cortlen to throw himself off his chair. As he writhed on the ground underneath the kitchen table, Camber set about the task of making what was amounting to a very difficult decision.
After consulting our neighbor's daughter about the quality of the school's breakfast-for-lunch sandwiches and changing her mind seventeen times, my daughter finally decided to hold off buying lunch this week until Thursday, when the cafeteria will be serving up a delicious medley of meatloaf, creamed spinach and fruit chunks floating in lite corn syrup.
I think she chose wisely. Hee hee! What do you think?!
What's the most appetizing item on your kid's school lunch menu this month?