The kids didnt have school on Monday or Tuesday because of the hurricane so when they went back to school on Wednesday all bets were off. I had no idea if the Halloween parties were on or off and the lunch menu was DEFINITLEY questionable.
Normally I'd err on the side of caution and make them all lunches but Wednesday is "chicken patty on a bun" day aka the only day all 3 of my children will buy lunch and that is a blessing that I'm not going to walk away from.
So I said to the kids, "It's chicken-patty-on-a-bun day but I'm not sure they're going to have it so I'll call the school and if it's going to be something different I'll bring you lunches, ok?"
They reluctantly agreed.
At 8:30 I called the school, "Do you know what the lunches are?" I asked.
"Chicken nuggets and tomato soup." she told me.
I thanked her and hung up.
I called my husband into my office and presented the dilemma to him.
He had no idea what dilemma I was talking about.
"I said I would bring them lunches if it wasn't chicken-patty-on-a-bun." I told him.
"But it's chicken nuggets." he said.
"EXACTLY." I agreed.
"So I need to make lunches." I said at the same time he said, "So you're all set."
"But it's NOT chicken patty." I told him.
"It's the SAME THING." he argued. I nodded. And then shook my head.
It was like we were speaking a different language.
While we were trying to find a common language, the phone rang. It was my daughter's teacher. "Hi" she said, "I have your daughter here and she's a little upset..." she began.
"Tell her I'll bring her a lunch." I interrupted.
She laughed. "Mommy says she'll bring you a lunch." I could here her say. I could almost see my daughter nodding.
I hung up. My husband was shaking his head mumbling, "It's the SAME thing."
I went downstairs. I had to hurry the last few steps because the phone was ringing. I answered it. "Hi Mom." my younger son said.
"I'll bring you a lunch." I told him.
"Thanks." he said, and hung up.
I ended up making 3 lunches but my older son brought his home. He had preferred the chicken nuggets. I figured that he would but I did what I said I would and that's what I hope my kids learned - that they can count on me.