In September I woke-up before dawn for this beautiful chore. Unicorns roamed the land. I smiled and sang as I chopped, I baked, I bought fresh fruit. I stored it all in cute little reusable containers. I packed a balanced, healthy and beautiful lunch for my perfect children. I zipped up the reusable bag each day with a smile. Healthy children. Reusable containers. Bliss.
I imagined little happy green unicorns jumping out each day when my children unzipped their lunchboxes. I am sure they let out gleeful screams as they ate carob and whole wheat crackers. They carefully re-stacked their adorable containers and put them neatly back in their boxes.
By November I lost some lids to the containers. Gas prices increased, winter settled in and fruit was impossible to find. Chips seemed like a good substitute. Ziplock bags were purchased. I received extra hugs after school for including fun snacks(read: cheetos) in their lunches.
By February, dragging my ass out of bed to spend 30 minutes packing lunches seemed ridiculous. I had tweeting to do, blogs to read, Matt to watch. Did you know they make prepacked lunch snacks? Lunchables and Uncrustables were purchased. They looked adorable next to the chips. My children became popular.
By May the lunchboxes from September were stained and stinky and thrown away. Paper bags were bought to contain the lunch. They worked perfectly with the ziplock bags. How light my kids backpacks were on their trip home. They mentioned their delight in the easy to carry backpacks.
Recycling – recshmycling, healthy – schmealthy. I’m over it.
Written for the prompt: Sloth.