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Friday, February 4, 2011

Lessons from the Lunchlady: What I learned in the cafeteria this week

I worked this week with walking pneumonia.  Of course, I didn't realize I had pneumonia until today when I finally went to the doctor to find out why it felt like a case of frozen broccoli was resting on my chest.  Turns out that feeling shouldn't be ignored.

Here's what I learned in the cafeteria this week.

  • The menu:  For most parents reading the menu is optional.  This really shouldn't surprise me as many parents don't seem to read anything that comes home.  They don't know when we change the menu, they fail to realize when school is dismissing early for half day parent/teacher conferences and very few of them actually care to discuss their child's progress with their teacher.  It is a little disheartening.
  • My son beats up people.  Not really.  In fact, I'm not sure he could hurt anyone.  However, for a writing assignment he was told to use the word CAN in a sentence.  His sentence.... "I can beet ppl up."  Really.  That's the first thing that came to your mind?  Disappointing.
  • Syrup.  A second grader spilled syrup all over himself this morning.  It was messy and sticky.  I got a wet towel for him and attempted to get the mess off of his shirt only to find out that most of the syrup landed on the crotch of his pants.  I handed him the towel and told him he would have to take care of that himself.  It was at that moment that I realize this would be a funny SNL skit.  "Hey lunch lady...."
  • Grape or Strawberry.  If I just stop asking kids if they want Grape or Strawberry PBJ they will just stand there.  And stand there.  And stand there.  Some will even look up at me inquisitively and say, "Please?" like they are attempting to guess what I'm waiting for.
  •  3rd grade.  It is possible to get all the way to 3rd grade without realizing you have to pay for milk.  "I thought I could just take one and sit back down."  Guess it never dawned on him why everyone else was in line.
What did you learn this week?

6 random thoughts:

Jenners said...

Sometimes I find these posts depressing and sad ... like the one today. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh I hope you and the lunch room get better soon :) hugs

septembermom said...

This is all material for a book, I'm sure! Hope you feel better soon.

kt moxie said...

Oh, the syrup story had me laughing! I'm already imagining it on SNL!

Kristie Maynard said...

Hope you are feeling better! Take care of yourself and let those little buggers in the lunch room deal with lunch without you!
What I learned is that sometimes scrapbooking and crafting needs to be done alone. I usually love the socializing of a crop, but sometimes I just have to have that quiet time and no one telling mindless stories and giving even more mindless advice!
Can you tell, I'm in a cranky mood!?

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