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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Janitor

Everyone makes fun of hot lunches, but I used to love hot lunches as a kid. Am I strange, or just have no taste buds, I don't know, but I looked forward to lunch time to see what yummy food was the pick of the day. To this day, I still get happy if I get a chance to eat at my daughter's school.

My kids are a different story.

They hate having to eat hot lunch and my youngest begs me to let her take her own lunch at least some of the days of the week. I continually ask her why she would want to pass on hamburger day, or chicken patty sandwiches (yum!) and she just rolls her eyes and calls me a nerd. So, we compromise and she gets to take her lunch two days a week, unless we are super busy in the mornings and I forget. 

Lately, she hasn't been asking to take her lunch and I really haven't been giving it a second thought until I noticed her lunch box on the shelf and decided to ask her why.

She looked down and just muttered, "Because of the janitor."

Curious, I asked, "What does the janitor have to do with lunch?"

"Somebody puked in our classroom the other day and he cleaned it up with his hands. Then, I saw him cleaning the bathroom one day and picking up garbage outside."

Confused, I asked, "Again, what does that have to do with lunch?"

Emily let out a loud sigh and said, " Because, I always have to ask for help to open my packages and when I raise my hand, he comes over to help."

"And?" I asked.

"I don't think he washes his hands," she answered quickly.

I tried not to laugh as our Smelly Cat episode came to mind and then said, " I'm sure he does, or lots of people would be getting sick."

"Well, I'll just take hot lunch until he isn't the helper anymore."

I used the moment to praise hot lunches and said, "I wish I could eat hot lunch every day!"

"Whatever, Mom."

Lucky kid.


marie said...

Thanks for stopping by, your daughter is darling and what a funny story! My kids always take lunch because they just don't like the hot lunches at school. It's so sad because when I was in grade school they were so good, made on site and everything. Now I don't blame them, everything is packaged and highly processed and just looks blahhhh.

Are We There Yet! said...

I would much rather have a hot lunch than a cold lunch too, but maybe the cafeteria food doesn't taste like what she is used to at home.

Colette S said...

Well there you go! Right back to hot lunches :)

My son hated the lunches and he said he was hungry after eating and BEGGED me for ages to start doing his lunches again.
So I did. :) He is loving it now.

Your daughter is very observant. :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Thank you for stopping by and saying hi!

I so agree I would stay away from the dirty hands :). I so love the Whatever mom ... I use to say it to my parents and now it is the curse that has returned to me from my boys.

Masshole Mommy said...

Oh my gosh, that is too funny! My oldest is a complete germophobe and would have said the same exact thing. I think the school lunches are way better than they were when we were kids now a days, though. My kids LOVE buying lunch, too!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I totally agree with her. I don't think I would want him to open my lunch box either.