Last year I started putting love notes in the kids lunch boxes. My goal is to make them smile and know that somewhere out there someone loves them and is thinking of them. I normally pack their lunches at night (huge time saver in the mornings) and started including a little note in there to make them smile. Most of the time my notes were just little words of encouragement – wishing them good luck on a test – or maybe an observation about a good deed or character trait – thanking them for being kind to their sibling. This year I have continued the tradition but with a different twist, I am now including a little joke in their lunch each day. I just wanted to give them a little chuckle at lunch and maybe give them something to share with their friends and look forward to each day. Here are some of the jokes that I have included lately:
Where do snowmen go to dance?
What kind of car does Mickey Mouse’s wife drive?
A Minnie van
Why don’t dogs drive?
Because they can’t find a barking space
I write the joke on one side of a small piece of paper and the punchline on the backside. This has been a real hit around our house. The kids come off the bus telling the other kids their jokes or telling me about the reaction at lunch to today’s joke. A side affect of this little experiment is that I am now looking forward to packing their lunches. In the past, I absolutely did not like packing their lunches at night. Trying to come up with new things to put in there and balancing the sweet/salty/hearty/healthy combo was just an exercise in futility. I have one who only like peanut butter sandwiches without jelly and the other one who went through a phase where he wouldn’t touch a sandwich. One will eat grapes and the other one only wants applesauce. On and on the battle goes. Even though the lunches haven’t changed, it is now fun for me to scour the internet to find a cute kid appropriate joke that they will understand. Sometimes the jokes come from surprising places, like today’s joke came while reading a magazine in the dentist’s office.
So, next time you are packing your kids lunch, throw in some humor and see what happens. Or write them a note to let them know you love something about them. Or at least that you are thinking of them. That will make lunch taste better than it did the day before.