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If You Join A Kindergartner For School Lunch…

Have you been considering joining your child for school lunch but not sure what to expect? I recently did and wanted to share my whirlwind experience as a parody of the classic children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

If you join a kindergartner for school lunch…

She might be giddy with excitement.

She’ll wave crazily as she walks down the hall with her class to meet you at the cafeteria. Smiling wildly, she’ll take your hand and pull you into the line. While she proudly introduces you to each classmate, you might be a little disoriented and not sure what to do next, but luckily…

She’ll make sure you know all the rules before entering the cafeteria.

Most importantly, “Mom! Wash your hands first!” Yes, of course! After a quick stop in the bathroom to wash hands, you’ll enter the cafeteria, she’ll punch in her PIN she worked so hard to learn at the beginning of the year and…

She’ll lead you through the lunch line.

She might amaze you with her frequent use of please and thank you. You’ll receive a well-balanced and nutritious meal for only $3.60 (adult rate) – a pretty good deal for lunch around here! Plus, if you’re a working mom, you might find the opportunity to get some quality time in to make your child feel special priceless. When you have your food and are ready to sit down…

She and her friends might treat you like a celebrity.

You’ll notice her entire class has swarmed around you, scrambling to be the one to sit by you. This is flattering until you might suddenly find yourself without anywhere to sit. While you ponder how to fold yourself into the miniature picnic-style table, all the seats might be taken. You might have to defuse a slight ruckus as your kindergartner orders people to slide down so you can sit by her. You’ll realize your celebrity status will quickly be demoted back to mom status as children begin handing you milk cartons, bananas, and muffin packages to open. As you are blown away by how loud a cafeteria full of kindergartners is…

She’ll announce she’s done eating before you’ve had a chance to eat half your meal.

You might wonder why she never eats that fast at home, but then realize recess is a powerful motivating factor. When it’s time to leave, she’ll make sure you know how to dump your tray the right way. You’ll be sure to pay attention! Unopened items, food waste, garbage, liquids, sporks, and trays are all sorted. When she’s satisfied you have properly disposed of your tray…

She’ll ask if you’ll stay for recess.

You might happily oblige for the chance to get some fresh air on a gorgeous day, see her goof around with her friends, and to play tether ball in heels. When recess is over and it’s time to say goodbye, chances are if you join a kindergartner for lunch…

She’ll make your day.

And you’ll have made her day too.

 

Mankato Area Public Schools welcomes parents to join their child for lunch or breakfast any day. If you and your child are interested, there’s still time to fit it in this year. Otherwise, be sure to add it to your 2018-2019 School Year “bucket list.”

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