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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lessons from the Lunchlady: the cafeteria can be a touchy feely sort of place

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 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."
We took down the Valentine's Day decorations and started to put up some St. Patrick's Day items.  We started a lengthy discussion about why we celebrate St. Patty's day.  Even after Googling it, I can't say for sure why we do.  Can anyone enlighten me?

What did you learn this week?

8 random thoughts:

Anonymous said...

that gives new meaniong to two peas in a ;)

Unknown said...

The power of the Irish - don't forget that St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. So that is why the feast propagated.

Enfys said...

The ridiculous thing is you celebrate St Patricks day more in the USA than they do in Ireland! That's what I love about the US though - the 'any excuse for a party' national psyche...
Enfys x

Kristie Maynard said...

I don't really know why we celebrate St' Pat's day, other than maybe people "remembering" their heritage. I do know that in Ireland they don't celebrate like we do, to them it's a religious day to honor their patron saint, I believe.

Jenners said...

This being the first year that my son has eaten in the cafeteria has been enlightening as to what is considered a meal. One day it was mozzarella sticks -- and nothing else! How is this a meal? How is this healthy in any way? It boggles my mind?

Must eat more pears.

Cap'n Salty said...

Maybe he was just giving your peas a chance, rofl!!
I love your humor!

Jenny said...

I love the Peas a chance part of this story. Fun, fun, funny!

septembermom said...

You were groped!! LOL. Too funny. That has to go in the lessons from the lunchlady hall of fame book!

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