Today I dropped JJ off at school and while I stood around being jumped on by him I observed the teacher from the next room come out and ask a kid what he had for lunch today. I thought this isn’t a run of the mill question – this kid must not bring lunch quite often.
Sure enough, he opened up his lunchbox and all that was in there was a bread roll with only butter or cheese to fill it. My empathy immediately flowed towards this kid. He must be around the same age as JJ and there’s no way JJ could function on only one pathetic bread roll per school day.
Just to compare, in JJ’s lunchbox today is: 1 sandwich with tuna and salad, 1 little bag with some dried fruit and soya crisps, four or five strawberries, about four little cut-up sticks of carrot, a frozen apple juice and a pear. This is also for after school snacks, and it is usually all gone when I pick him up in the evening.
I feel for the kid with the one bread roll. Perhaps his parents think that the school will provide and perhaps the school does.