Saturday, 29 August 2015
The Life-Rhythms That Never Change
I have been making school lunches for 15 years. Fifteen years of getting up before the kids and getting their sandwiches made in the peace of a silent early-morning house. When Miss Sunshine was in Prep (first year of school here) I remember getting six months and thinking "I'm going to be making school lunches for the rest of my life". Well...15 years down the track I only have another three to go before they're all finished school. That just seems a little bit wrong!
I was making lunches this week for the two still at school. There are so many days when I really wish this wasn't part of the every-day deal, yet this week I found a small measure of comfort that there is in something that is constant in your life when everything else is changing. Even when your lunch-making routines change slowly, they are still there.
Our lunches right now consist of wholegrain wraps (from Aldi) topped with Chipotle aioli (from Costco), grated cheese, sliced chicken and mixed salad leaves. They get rolled, chopped in half and boxed in Tupperware sandwiches boxes. I have a stack of these and the kids have two colours each to claim as theirs. They know which one to pick up when they pack their bags. I put the grated cheese directly on whatever the mayo is at the time, because the cheese sticks and doesn't fall out. It was a whole thing! Cheese falling out just doesn't work that great.
On the days when there is nothing left to make wraps with, or I lose the plot and refuse to make another wrap for the week I head down to the bakery and buy Hawaiian pizza rolls or some other savoury scroll thing.