ne of my favorite bloggers, Elise Blaha, made this print that says, “Magic is something you make.” I bought it the second she had it for sale because it’s so true. There can be magic in our days but sometimes we have to go out and make it. So it is with lunch sandwiches.
From the get-go when we came to Miami, I promised Bobby that one of the ways I would show him love was preparing his breakfast and lunch every day (or the day before, really, so it’s waiting in the fridge and ready to go for his early wake-up). It frees up an extra 20 minutes for him, which is like gold considering the busy days he has.
I could just wrap Bobby’s turkey sandwich every night and call it good. Or I could take an extra 30 seconds and draw a folk-art masterpiece of burning love on the tinfoil. You can see which route I think is superior.
Turns out that aluminum foil is the perfect folk-art canvas. (Don’t worry, fellow earth lovers, I’m on the look-out for a good sandwich tupperware. Then these drawings may have to migrate on to post-its.)
Magic. It’s something you make…and in those relationships that I clutch tightest, I want to always be adding as much as I possibly can.
Don’t let my skillz intimate you – if you have a pen/marker/tube of lipstick and a piece of tinfoil or a post-it – you can do this too for whomever is in your life (well, perhaps don’t try the lipstick on the tinfoil). Or maybe you’re adding magic in other ways – in which case I’d love to hear all about it!
This is the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen! Lunch bag love ❤
Aw, thanks Pam! It’s been such a fun thing to do – I remember my mom writing me lunch bag notes, so this is just carrying on the tradition!
My favorite sandwich art was the cranberrys! They just look like they are loopy and having a great time. It made me laugh when I opened the fridge (a hard thing to make me do at 5:45am). Thanks for the extra 30 seconds!
Aw, I love that the loopy crandberries were able to make you laugh at 5:45 in the morning! You are so deserving of that, hardworking man of mine xoxo
Grace, these are so adorable; Bobby is a lucky guy. So sweet to know that I used to do that for you. You’ve inspired me to step up my game with Dad and William. Thanks for the reminder! :)
Thanks, Mom! Yay I’m glad you’re going to kick things up a notch with Dad and William – lunch bag notes from you were always the best!
I don’t know, the unicorn one is hard to beat! I guess that’s the six year-old in me, still shining through. These are fantastic! I would be so excited to eat my lunch every day. I remember in elementary school, my dad would sometimes slip stickers into my lunch box. Seeing as my parents were both writers though, it’s interesting they didn’t send messages with words! I think lunch bag notes are such a good idea!
One interesting thing here, is that mother’s often make hand-crafted bento box lunches for their children. It can sometimes seem like a little bit of a competition, as they can get very creative, hoping their child won’t feel left out of the lunchbox love. Some of my elementary school students at camp this summer had Olaf, from Frozen, made out of sprinkled seaweed on their rice. Others had music notes made from cut-out carrots. I tried to find a good photostream, but I’ll have to look later. For now, this one has a variety of bentos, with some children’s examples thrown in: http://www.flickr.com/groups/justbento/pool/page1
Awesome to see all these! :)
I am DYING over those bento boxes! Honestly, I think I’ll have to learn how to make sushi this upcoming year just so I can try my hand at putting little cute characters on the rice. So many possibilities for folk-art! I love the little ones with the adorable faces. Unreal cute.Thanks for sharing that, Celeste, I’m glad you get to experience that first hand!