I am happy to report that this is a school related entry that has nothing to do with marks or university. I’m sure you’ve all had enough of that. Not that there’s none of that headed your way, of course.
Bringing lunch to school sucks. Really. Who enjoys bringing subpar food to school and eating it when having tasty cooked meals at home is an option? Unless you live next to the school or are rich and have a second period spare, lunch food is usually crap. At the beginning of the day, it might be fine, but after about three hours in your locker and that food with a lot of potential just had its value and tastiness go down like the Executor in ROTJ.
Back in the days of my youth, Grade 1 was the first time that we had to spend the entire day at school. For a while, I went home to eat. At that time, I hadn’t yet developed my enjoyment for tasty things, so going home was a bother. I mean, all of that walking back to home and back to school. Plus, it was really cutting into my playtime outside at lunch. So I told my mom I wanted to eat at school.
Eating at school was alright for a while. One day though, I was having some tasty fried Udon and this kid came up to me and said I was eating worms. Naturally, being the completely stable person I am, cried. The kid got booked by the teacher and some other kids tried to console me, saying “That’s not worms, that’s spaghetti, right? Right?” Yeah, yeah it was.
So I started bringing sandwiches to school like any normal person would. Sandwiches suck. Peanut butter sandwiches were awesome, but they were banned because of the super amount of people with peanut allergies. So what else was there? Ham. Ham and bread. After three years of ham and bread, I got sick of it and went home to eat. It also started my aversion to untoasted sliced bread which I am just starting to get over now.
I hadn’t needed to worry about bringing lunches until high school. By this time, I have eaten plenty of food to know what is tasty and what is not. I like tasty things. The problem is that things that are brought to school are lower on the tasty meter. So I did what any Chinese person would do, bring rice. Well, rice and other things. Occasionally, I’d bring some dumplings or some leftover restaurant food, which is incredibly tasty, even when brought to school. That worked well until just a few weeks ago.
Bringing cooked food is kind of annoying. You need a fork or spoon to eat it. And for me, I have to settle in to start eating out of a Thermos. So I started easing back into sandwiches. First I had those kaisers or hamburger buns and cold cuts. Then I started adding mustard to it, because the taste of sweet onion mustard adds the necessary tang to the otherwise bland bread and cold meat.
Then I remembered those croissants that I had with smoked turkey all the way back at winter camp. The buttery goodness of croissant mingled with the meaty smoked turkey for breakfast was surprisingly delectable. I wanted to try having a croissant sandwich. That didn’t turn out as well, but it wasn’t crap.
Most recently, I have been convinced in the advantages of the ever ubiquitous sandwich. There is the high portability and ease of use. And with the cutting up into several pieces that my mom does, the amount of handling that I have to do is greatly reduced, since I find that holding sandwiches makes nasty finger ditches in the bread. Also, the addition of sweet mustard makes it taste much better.
Still, I can’t wait until university for the spectacular array of food choices I’ll have with the introduction of the meal plan in my life, particularly the debit kind. I like food. I like tasty food.