Life as a Bringer
Ever heard the term “bringer” before? Let me give you a hint. It has to do with school lunches. Up until 8th grade, I was a die-hard “bringer.” My mom would pack my Xena Warrior Princess lunch box with a sandwich, potato chips and probably some cookies. It wasn’t healthy, but it was much more satisfying than the leather pizza in the cafeteria or whatever “hot” special they had for the day.
When I heard that a public school on Chicago’s West Side has decided to ban home-brought lunches and certain snacks in order to promote the “healthy” school lunches, I was horrified. As an extremely picky eater as a child, I couldn’t imagine having to eat my grade school’s lunch.
I vividly remember one day in 4th grade when I forgot to grab my lunch in the morning. I was forced to walk through that long line with a friend and stare at all the disgusting options the cafeteria was offering. I settled on the pizza, which looked decent, but I couldn’t get past more than a couple of bites. The cheese was rubbery, crust was like paper and I think there was some type of pepperoni (?) on it, though I picked up the cheese.
That ended my short-lived school lunch experience. I’d much rather have my mom make a crust-free peanut butter and jelly sandwich with some Doritos. Though I didn’t eat healthy as a kid, I was still a healthy weight. That’s probably because I played just about every sport possible.
It makes me wonder if the problem in school is the fact that kids are less active, rather than the fact that their parents don’t pack them healthy lunches. Kids are so obsessed with video games, Facebook and television, that they don’t venture outside to play a game of Ghosts in the Graveyard or Red Rover anymore. Heck, I’m not even sure if they’d know what those games are.
I think I’m getting a bit off track, but I definitely don’t think that home-brought lunches should be banned. Most importantly, who’s to say that the school lunches are going to be healthier?
What do you think?