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Friday, February 25, 2011
9:50 PM | | Edit Post
Here are just a handful of the things that I learned in the cafeteria this week.
- Doritos are nutritious. Um...okay. That's a bit of a stretch. It continues to be an enigma to me how a bag of Doritos, a cup of cheese, a cup of taco meat, some lettuce, some tomatoes and a spoonful of salsa qualifies as a reimbursable meal. I mean even if eaten with the Mexican rice and the fruit cup, it can't possibly be considered healthy.
- Heritage meals. Our tiny elementary does a number of these meals. The kids are taught facts about Fiji, Morocco, Egypt and Portugal (just to name a few) and then they are given the opportunity to try some foods from the region. Sadly, I don't think the kids like the foods much.
- Pears are a member of the rose family. Really? I mean how can that be right? Turns out they are one of the healthiest natural foods you can eat. They provide a ton of fiber and have few calories. Of course, convincing a child to try one...now that's like trying to stay dry during a thunderstorm.
- Syrup. Breakfast used to be served on Styrofoam trays (gasp) and then we were told to come up with ways to save money and we thought maybe throwing away all that stuff wasn't the most cost effective thing to do so we decided to use "real" trays. After a month of this, it can be confirmed with out much objection that children bathe their trays with syrup. We have tried to teach them to dip their pancakes or to dunk their french toast stix but alas we have learned that this is a terribly difficult task.
- Groping. Today I had on a new shirt. It has a row of smiling peas holding a flag across the front that says "Give Peas A Chance". A second grader took his hands clear across the front of those peas today, touching both my breasts along the way. "What are those?" he asked, innocently(??) "Peas," I said, pulling his hand away, "and let's ask without touching next time."
What did you learn this week?
- I'm a 41 year old (gasp) freelance writer, school cafeteria manager, wife and mother. I have three children and one anxious and overweight beagle. I use my blog to make others laugh, to share some cool crafts, to document my lunchlady adventures and to lament about the challenges faced by us all on the journey called life. Thanks for visiting. Please leave some crack...um...I meant some comments.