… metal lunch boxes?
Before I go to any conference anymore, my wife admonishes me – do NOT bring home any coffee mugs, water bottles, or bags. You have enough! Of course, she’s right and I did leave my water bottle on the registration desk at the end of the conference because I know that it will end up in a good home in a classroom somewhere.
But, I had to keep the coffee mug.
Sorry for the coffee stain but I was having a cuppa while writing this. The mug is metal; I’ve never had one like that before and it’s green. We stuffed bags with green, purple, and cyan mugs. My friend Kristeen and I made sure that we managed to get a green one.
We joked that if time became tough, these will have an authentic sound if people throw nickels and dimes our way. I had to explain to Kristeen that we got rid of pennies. Really?
It also brought back memories of elementary school where the kids who dined in the gym at lunch had metal lunch boxes. Not just plain ones either – they were branded with things like The Monkees or The Beatles or Hot Wheels or Barbie or …
I never had the joy. I was a town kid and home was just over 2 blocks from the school so I went home every day for lunch. And, I learned the greatest scam for getting out of class early too – I was a crossing guard and we had to leave 5 – 10 minutes before lunch to get into position to help the other kids who went home for lunch. My patrol was crossing Highway 8 on the way to Seaforth. So, I’d do my crossing duty – run home and grab lunch – usually a peanut butter sandwich and then go back to school to play with friends. 5 – 10 minutes before school resumed, I ran back to do the reverse crossing guard gig.
But, there was something special about the kids who stayed at school for lunch with their metal lunch boxes. They were just so cool plus they could keep the box in their desk and sneak a bite in the morning unlike those of us who were lunchbox-less.
For a Sunday, your thoughts…
- Did you have a metal lunch box? Do you remember the brand/advertising on it?
- Did you go home for lunch instead?
- Of course, if you’re like me, you had lunch. Not two nutrition breaks masquerading as lunch 1 and lunch 2
- Today’s alternatives aren’t metal – they’re either plastic or some sort of bag with insulation. How did our generation keep our lunch cool?
- Nowadays, metal lunch boxes in good condition are collectible. It’s not uncommon to see them in second hand or antique stores. Any idea what the going rate for these things might be?
How about sharing some of you elementary school dining escapades via comment below?
This blog post is part of a regular fun series that appear on Sunday mornings. You can enjoy all of the older posts here.