"You're tired of what?"
"Baby girl, what are tinkies?"
"They're in my lunch. I don't like them."
Switching my gaze towards my husband Adam, he noticeably lowered in his seat with a guilty grin.
Raising my eyebrows, I had to ask, "What are tinkies?"
"Ummmm, I'm guessing...'Twinkies?"
"TWINKIES?! She's getting Twinkies in her preschool lunch? What else is she eating?"
"I don't know. The usual lunch stuff. You know...like...chips, fruit roll ups, a pack of cookies...stuff like that. I pack good things too like a sandwich!"
Dropping my jaw, I watched as the four kids began giggling around the dinner table. "That's why we love it when Daddy packs our lunch! He's Awesome!"
Shooting a look back at Adam, I shook my head. "Do you want to throw a nice cold pop in there to wash it all down?"
"Yeah Dad!!! Can we drink pop at school?!"
Adam shot back, "No guys. Nobody's drinking pop at school." Smiling at me he said, "That would be crazy."
This is where I should say that I have the most Amazing husband in the world. God love him for even packing four school lunches in the morning. I know this.
He takes care of Monday through Wednesday lunches and I take Thursday/Friday's. It's how our schedules fall into place with our jobs due to who has to leave the house earlier in the morning.
With that being said, it makes sense now when the kids groan at the end of each week when I pack their lunches. Heaven forbid I put carrots and grapes in there when they COULD be having a bag o' sugar in a sea of confectioner bliss.
I didn't understand their moans when I thought I was being wild by giving them a frozen gogurt. MY Mom used to pack tree bark and saw dust in my lunch. I swear I was the only third grader on Earth who had prunes in her lunchbox. PRUNES people. My best friends to this day can attest to this. (Tricia, I'm talking to you.)
All in all, I hope the kids are getting some nutritional value, but it looks like we might have to work on our school lunch food pyramid a little.
Here's to all the Dads out there who do their best everyday no matter what it takes...Tinkies and all.
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