It happens, sometimes. I read a great blog post that starts me down Memory Lane, which then oddly coincides with the next thing I read online. My friend, Sylvie, would say it's the sixth sense kicking in (in a very mild way). I would say it's co-inky-dinks.
All this long rambling to lead to the article I read right after this remembrance. It was about a Chicago area school that banned homemade, home-packed lunches. The principal of the school said she was doing it for the kids' sake - and the sake of their good nutrition. Then the article proceeded to list what the school considered as good nutrition. Those poor kids -- faced with mystery meat or nothing? Lots will eat nothing. And, as was noted in the article and several sidebar articles, that will not help them with their ability to learn. In some ways, I can see what the principal is trying to do. Lots of the kids were bringing sodas and chips for lunch. Not a vegetable in view, unless you want to count the unknown make-up of the chips. I know that it's not easy to prepare everything from scratch and keep your costs in line, but it ain't impossible! There seems to be no knowledge of food, health, or creativity involved in school lunches, for the most part. In California, there are programs (as, I'm sure, there are in other parts of the country) and collaborations where school lunches are good tasting and good for you and the kids even like them! And then, what about these kids' parents? What, you can't put together a PBJ on grained bread with some fruit and yogurt? And not that squirtable yogurt stick thingy. Grump. Of course, I could go off on my crotchety old-lady rant about how kids are allowed to choose their foods and tend to only want chicken nuggets and ketchup. But I won't. Heehee -- did! What's your take on all this?