When I went to Lihikai Public Elementary School on Maui (Go Surfers!), lunch was typical cafeteria style food, not bad, not great and all served on a hard plastic tray. (Like this one but pale blue.) Lunch cost a quarter (unless you were on the special program and got help from the state and lunch was free). You lined up, paid your quarter and got your tray already filled with lunch and a carton of milk.
Every once in a while, just for fun, I would ask mom to help me make a lunch to take with me. This was referred to as "homelunch" and often I would get a little teasing from people. "Eh, you goin' on picnic?" It seemed strange that the other students thought it was strange. Seemed like at Kahala Elementary School on Oahu people brought homelunch all the time and it was no big deal. I was at Kahala El from 1st to half-way through 3rd grade when we moved to Maui. And as I've probably mentioned, I was only one of about five blonde kids in the whole school, K-8. So I stood out. Then I would bring homelunch and stand out even more. Glutton for punishment I guess. Or maybe, (not so) secretly, I liked to stand out.
I thought of this today because Kurt and I are making concerted efforts to save money so we are homelunching it to work. Alas, I don't have a cool lunch box to bring my food in, just some extra handle bags lying around. I don't think I had a cool lunch box back at Lihikai either, just a small soft sided cooler of some kind.
I would love to have something like this:
But then I'd have to figure out how to make something really good to go inside of it, instead of just throwing lettuce, tuna salad and fork into a bag.
Or maybe, if I did have something like that bento kit above, I would make better things to eat for lunch...but I sometimes say that about exercising: if I had better work-out clothes, I would exercise more.
Actually, what I know for sure is, I never have a problem eating, no matter what kind of container my lunch comes in.