Swee’Pea and TheMonk get to buy lunch at the school cafeteria one time a week. It’s our favorite day of the week because they get to choose what they want at the cafeteria and I don’t have to make lunches. It’s a win-win.
A little more than week ago, on a Friday, Swee’Pea and TheMonk came home from school and I asked them what they had for lunch that day. Swee’Pea excitedly rattled off her choice of pizza, salad, orange slices and, for dessert, a frozen orange juice fruit bar. This last item is considered a dessert and all other items must be eaten before eating the fruit bar. This rule, I imagine, is rarely enforced because the kids self-report that they ate everything to get their juice bar. With this in mind, I asked TheMonk what he ate. With a dejected look on his little face, he explained that he chose pizza, carrots and spicy pickles. “But the pickles were too spicy so I didn’t eat them and I couldn’t get my fruit bar.”
Fast forward a few days later and I ask Swee’Pea and TheMonk which day they want to buy lunch. Swee’Pea votes for Wednesday. TheMonk votes for Friday. I tell them, “I’m not going to make one lunch so you two need to talk it out. Explain your reasoning on why you want the day you want.”
Swee’Pea goes first. “I want to buy lunch on Wednesday because it’s “brunch for lunch” and we get pancakes.” This is a compelling argument and I expect TheMonk to readily agree with his sister. Who would turn down pancakes?!
TheMonk, however, isn’t swayed. He looks up at both his sister and I and he simply says, “I want my popsicle.”
Swee’Pea, bless her heart, without missing a beat, says. “Okay. Friday.”
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