I'm really busy lately with the jobs and everything else, so I don't have as much time to make cute lunches for the boys anymore. Often, it's just sandwiches and fruit and chips or something simple like that. Once in a while, I see a really awesome lunch idea and take a few extra minutes from my day to incorporate it into the boys' lunch. I do this for one reason: I love my boys, and I want to make their day a little more special.
Which is why I'm frustrated by all the snippy blog posts lately about bento lunches. Moms ragging on other moms for their lunch efforts. Saying that they're creating these lunches just so they can out-do other moms and be "supermoms". It's hateful, it's judgmental, and it's just plain snarky.
I don't know why these moms are so angered when other moms make their child a cute lunch. First of all, I don't see why it is their business what another mom packs her kid for lunch. And secondly, don't you think it's probably a very rare instance that a mom would be motivated to go through all that trouble just to try to put another mom to shame? Please.
These happy little faces? That's what motivates a mom to go through a little extra trouble to make lunch fun:
The other day, I packed the boys some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from apples and cheese (which I saw on a Facebook post). A friend who works in the school cafeteria was really sweet and texted me this picture. It made me feel so happy - to see my boys' smiling in the middle of the day, and to know that I'd brought them a little extra joy during lunchtime.
Being a mom is hard enough. What moms don't need is criticism and hatred from other moms over their hard work in raising their children. Try supporting each other instead. It would make the life of that mom a lot happier.