Wednesday, February 13, 2013

school lunch | celebrating childhood: 5

Yesterday, my (fabulously gifted writer) friend Allison Slater Tate wrote a post, This is Childhood: FIVE.  Her descriptions and musings of five-year-olds touched my heart, moved me to tears, and left me rolling her sentiments around in my head for the rest of the day and night.

One small excerpt:

"Five is a whole hand. It is no longer a baby, not even a toddler or a preschooler. Five is a big deal. After the slow, rickety, listen-to-every-click-of-the-wheels climb to the top of the rollercoaster that is the first four years of parenting, five lets you pause for just a moment at the apex. In the brief stillness, you suck your breath in as you look back on the journey that brought you there, anticipating the free fall and the loop-de-loops beneath you that will carry you toward adolescence and teenagerland and the great beyond. Five is both an end and a beginning."

Perhaps it's because I am eyes-deep in 5 myself: I kiss 5 on the head as she bounds for the bus stop every morning. I watch 5 twirl and pounce in tutus across the family room floor. I am squeezing 5 in my arms every night at bedtime.

Perhaps it's because in only a handful of weeks my fabulous and feisty 5 will have another birthday, a fact that causes my heart to skip, as once again, I'm reminded of how fast these precious years of childhood slip by. 

Truly, it feels like just yesterday this girl was bubbling over with joy, bursting at her seams to share the news, "I'm five now!".

        I'm five now.

 To everyone who has a five year old, had a five year old, or was a five year old: read Allison's post. You'll be glad you did.

So this is not your average Valentine lunch. It's not decorated with the usual frills associated with the holiday. But this lunch is straight from my heart. Relishing 5. For just a while longer.

celebrating 5 years old school lunch

Packed in an EasyLunchboxes container:
- ham & cheese sandwich on honey wheat bread with jumbo confetti sprinkles
- strawberries with cute bunny bento pick
- strawberry yogurt with sprinkles, in a leak-proof Mini-Dipper
- pretzels

Supplies used to pack this lunch:

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Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

My daughter turns 5 TOMORROW. Valentine's Day.


The Dill Family Scoop said... [Reply to comment]

How did you make the 5 in the sandwich? My princess turns 5 in June: Tears for this Mommy!!

Carrie - Worth Pinning said... [Reply to comment]

Oh so cute. I love the number in the sandwich. I've always been proud that my kids have packed their own lunches since K, but what a wonderful surprise to have all of this love packed up each day like a surprise. Awesome.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Dill Family, I used a "5" cookie cutter from a numbers cookie cutter set to cut the bread. The "5" is only through the top slice of bread.

Karen Q said... [Reply to comment]

Enjoy this last little bit of 5!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Her birthday is in February and she is in Kindergarten already? Aren't the K cutoffs between August and December all across the country? Or did you daughter turn 5 sometime last year and you are simply celebrating the age with this bento.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Anonymous #6 -- my daughter turned 5 last March. She's about to turn six.
I was very touched by Allison's post and her sentiments were on my mind as I made this lunch. Just celebrating the last bit of 5 we have left.

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