You think you have it all sorted, you have a plan and everything will just pan out as it should, but it doesn’t and you’re left standing in the lunchbox aisle pulling your hair out. That was me at 8:45pm last night, in BigW clutching the giftcard that Mum & Dad gave us for Christmas, utterly determined to make a decision before all the Mum’s come back from holidays and destroy the joint. I had 15 minutes and counting…
Aidan starts pre-school three days a week in February and I want to be prepared, I’m just like that. Especially if it involves shopping, scanning catalogues and circling things in red pen… that is totally my jam. I was all over it, I knew what I wanted and then POW I walked into that aisle and was totally blindsided. There were SO many options that I couldn’t even get them all into the one picture.
In the end it came down to what Aidan really needed. What did I need to achieve in the whole home-lunchbox-mouth scenario? His pre-school has a fridge and they requested that we don’t use cooler bags as they take up unnecessary room. That was easy and cut out almost 70% of the options. What I was left with though was a mass amount of partitioned containers, all BPA free (awesome), some watertight and most dishwasher safe. It felt like some new kind of hell.
I paniked and resorted to instagram and twitter asking for advice, then whilst I waited for the responses to flood in I called my Mum. Yep, I called my Mum to talk about lunch boxes. She muttered something about Tupperware and then passed me off to my sister. Steph helped me narrow down the endless choices and calm me down. It was so pathetic. No really, even I knew in the moment that it was sad.
I think it was the guilt, wanting him to have everything perfect to make up for the fact that I wouldn’t be there even though he wouldn’t give two shits if I was. Aidan’s so super pumped about preschool that I could send his food with him in take away containers and he’d still love me. It had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that with each aisle I went down, the more I imagined Aidan growing up, hating me, being taller than me, falling in love and leaving home… nope, didn’t even pass my mind.
In the end I bought these bad boys in two of his favourite colours for $9.98 each.
- Clip lids that he could open.
- Liquid sealed.
- Two large compartments.
- Could fit an apple.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Freezer Safe.
- Microwave Safe.
- Came with a water bottle
- and an extra small clip container.
I also snapped up textas, art books, glue sticks, school hats, packets of tiny jocks and all that other junk too. It wasn’t all bad though, before I left I did manage to slip the HBO series “Girls” into my trolley which made me feel so much better once I was home relaxing on the couch.
Have you started the “school shop” yet?