Now that I am a parent I have moments where I think back to my childhood and wonder why/how my mom chose to do certain things. How she made her choices and why she made them?
Tonight I turned on the TV and caught Jaime Oliver's Food Revolution...it begins next Friday! So tonight they must be previewing it to get people talking. LOVE THAT! It has the potential to ROCK this country to a core! ONLY IF PEOPLE TAKE TIME TO WATCH!
My mom packed our lunches from grade school through high school. She still packs my dad a lunch. I did get to pick one day a week for hot lunch in elementary school. I remember sitting down for lunch as a sophomore with a lunch that looked unlike most of my friends' lunches (they had a pop and bag of pretzels). My mom always made sure our lunch included a sandwich, some fruit (I remember the baggie of orange pieces that she sliced up), a crunchy something, and a little dessert. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!
Tonight as I watched Jaime show what goes on in the lunch room of many schools in the USA, I am IN AWE that my mom made this incredibly healthy choice for us that I know helped me be the healthy eater that I am today, when there was an easy lunch ticket option. And she made our lunches fun with notes and surprises from time to time. The time and discipline to make 4 lunches EVERY. SINGLE. DAY boggles my mind. I try to make my husband's lunch every once in a while but I fail - ALL TOO OFTEN.
I have a really hard time watching these kinds of things - they overwhelm me. Especially when children, who don't know and don't have the power to make healthier choices for themselves, are involved.
I have always planned to make my boys' lunches when they are school age. And watching tonight's show just solidified this goal for myself. Friday night the show premieres! Watch it - give it a chance! I know I will be watching!
And Jaime Oliver ended the show saying something along the lines about helping this community learn to take some ingredients, make some real food, SIT DOWN TOGETHER and break bread.
...making my point about family meal time - real - important. I hope the mom from last Friday, who thinks obesity comes from making dinnertime social, takes time to watch this show.
Keeping this short! Here is a blip about the show.