My boys packed their own lunches last Friday. When I went to inspect their work...i.e. to make sure they hadn't packed Spiderman lunch boxes full of only Skittles and fruit snacks- I was more than pleased. For one thing, they packed exactly the things I usually pack for them. For another, I found something I didn't expect.
They had written each other notes on their napkins, just like the ones I write and leave for them to find when they open their lunches. Sweet, right?
So besides getting my heart touched by two little guys who spend quite a bit of time fighting, but chose to be loving instead, I learned a quick lesson...
Why did they pack a balanced lunch and leave sweet notes for one another?
Because they've seen me do it. And in a 5 and 8 year old's way of thinking, if mom does it this way, it must be right.
If only I could trust and respond to my Parent like that.