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Friday, June 4, 2010

What I learned in the Cafeteria

There is only one more week of school left and the kids know it. They are wound up and ready for summer and I'm not sure there is any actual learning really occurring.

This week I learned:

  • What happens to you at the end of the year when you don't pay your child's lunch account? Nothing. You get to go to work or to the gym or to Quiznos. Your child, however, gets a cheese sandwich and a milk. And I get to listen to them cry.
  • Donuts with dad makes me sad. It was heart breaking to see all the little kids without dads in their lives come in for breakfast this morning. One little kindergartner told me that she doesn't have a dad. Shame on him he doesn't know what he is missing
  • Fruit snacks are considered a fruit serving. In what world?
  • Fresh veggies that arrive more than a week before you need them aren't really fresh. Who thought sending us our produce last Thursday was a good idea? Ummm...the cucumbers literally disintegrated in my hand today. And just for the record, you need more than one head of cauliflower and one head of broccoli to feed 200 kids. The veggie trays were a joke.
  • Having a working dishwasher ROCKS!
  • There is a strong possibility that I may loose my mind before next Friday. The kids are wound up, the teachers and staff our low on energy, and I'm serving cheese sandwiches. What could be more fun??

Happy Weekend. Look for my 2010 Graduation Quote #3 first thing tomorrow. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the festivities remain outside but the weather is again threatening to change that.

6 random thoughts:

Jenners said...

I'm going to miss this feature ... will you be returning next year????

And that is kind of sad about the lunch money thing ... and the dads ... and the veggies. This was kind of a melancholy post in many ways.

Anonymous said...

disenagrating cucumbers...lmao ;)

Unknown said...

We used to arrange honorary dads so that every kid had a dad for donuts with dad. Worked well for us and it was surprisingly easy to recruit dads whose kids had moved on to a higher grade (and some grandpas as well).

Scattered Scrapper said...

We did the same thing that Dan talked about. We would even have some of the teachers husbands come up to be "a dad" for the morning. It worked very well.

I made the BIG mistake of asking one little boy where his dad was (as I had seen dad before.) He then told me that his dad had just gone to jail! UUHHGG, how very sad. These kiddo's need positive male role models in their lives.

I too hope to see this feature next year!


septembermom said...

Hang in there...don't lose your mind yet :) LOL. I feel bad for those kids without dads to participate too.

Becca said...

Awe! Those poor kiddos! You are so right, they have no idea how much joy they are missing out on! I hope this next week goes by fast for you!

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