For Growing Years, lunchboxANDyou

Packing lunchboxes had become a routine affair; I have been doing it for many years now. But ever since my elder daughter has shifted base, moved on to college, the job of packing lunch boxes has reduced to half. But in the past six months even though the job had reduced to half a small unknown fear has begun to grip me. In another 3 years I will be deprived of this routine affair. Kids would have flown off from my nest to build a future of their own, fending for themselves. The impending state of joblessness is gripping me with a kind of silly fear. I have now begun to look into this regular work of mine i.e. packing lunchboxes with more fondness!

Aru… now in her high school has stepped on to her teens. And I find a definite change in her tastes. Earlier she would crave for her lunch box to be filled with tasty food (read junk food). If the fries were missing she would be grumpy. But now her favorite food concepts have changed. I see a good inclination towards healthier stuffs, more fruits, no paranthas (oily flat breads) only rotis (dry flat breads). Dry fruits are an essential part of her lunch box, along with roti, sabzi (curry). I do sneak in a chocolate muffin into the lunchbox now and then. It has been her all time favorite.

Now a days I have started putting little loving and caring notes in the lunchbox. The first time I did it she was pleasantly surprised. She was smiling ear to ear when she saw me at the gate and she said: I ate everything ma! I am thankful to the makers of the movie β€˜lunch box’ because I got this idea from the movie, it is one of the best in the recent times. It has been a huge success with Indian audience. ‘The Lunchbox’ Premiere on Valentine’s Day at 8 PM on &pictures.

The movie has a very simple concept of exchange of messages, portrayed very well. The exchange of notes is between two unknown people but I thought I can definitely express in a similar way with my loved one who is in her growing years.

My dear darling pappunu, like everyday I have packed this lunchbox with love and nutrition. I know you are in a rush to join your friends to play with them, but don’t skip meals because you need energy to play with them. It is more than 3 hours you had your breakfast and now your body is calling out for more food. You have to replenish so that you can be ahead in your running races. After you have had your lunch remember to drink water, that will help you digest your food. And remember you have your Math test right after lunch. With your tummy full I am sure you will concentrate on the figures and do well in the test. I will be thinking of you through out the day till you come back home. The lunchbox will be empty I am sure.

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27 Responses

  1. Sylvia K says:

    What a beautiful post, Indrani!! And I do so relate as I have four children — all grown now of course, but what wonderful memories!! Thank you!!

  2. Cloudia says:

    You are a lovely mother and right to cherish each day.

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  3. Nice to read your post, Beautiful

  4. TexWisGirl says:

    you are a sweet mom. πŸ™‚

  5. Your daughters are so lucky to have you for a mom!

  6. DIMI says:

    Such a beautiful post Indrani!!It's nice to be a mother!!Thank you for sharing!!

  7. A loving letter and an enjoyable post.
    The lunch boxes are these days rich in content and varied in variety.
    I remember my lunch box in brass of my school days containing all days only curd rice with a lemon pickle thrown in.It tasted nice nevertheless!!

  8. Hilary says:

    What a sweet post, Indrani. I am sure your daughter is thrilled to find your surprises in her lunch. I would occasionally leave notes for my sons in their lunches when they were little but it didn't go over as well with boys. πŸ˜‰

  9. Great Post! I will share your this idea with my wife for my daughter's lunch box. Yeah, I read review of the movie but could not see it. Hopefully will see it on 14th Feb. πŸ™‚

  10. That is such a sweet message Indrani! Loved reading your post! πŸ™‚

    Here is my entry and hope you like it! πŸ™‚

  11. Beautiful post Indrani ! It has all the love of a mother πŸ™‚

  12. What a lovely affectionate note to be put in the lunch box.

  13. I loved the movie and good to know your experience with implementing the idea.
    Sings of being a good mother πŸ™‚

  14. A truly Emotional involvement… You expressed it in the best way!

  15. what a lovely post Indrani.. And though I understand how much you'll miss this job later but m sure u'll do good.. Btw I guess when you will be jobless on this about same time I will have my induction πŸ˜€ as my daughter is on her way to start schooling.. M looking forward to putting such notes to her..

  16. Sweet!
    You are such a thoughtful and caring mother.
    Loved your experiences with the tiffinboxes.
    I'll use the message idea too.

  17. Loved the movie and your post too !

  18. Phases of motherhood…I m sure every would feel the same as you….

  19. Lovely read Indrani. This is one thing we all worry about . When the box come back with half eaten food we feel guilty like petty criminals. Mothers and lunch boxes …friends till the birdies fly away!

  20. Lovely post. My mom loves packing lunch boxes. Cooking favourite food is the best way to express love, according to her. πŸ™‚

  21. Meoww says:

    Loved the movie lunch box. i was so surprised to see it telecast in Korean channel, hindi with Korean subtitles. So proud πŸ™‚

  22. A movie that I was longing to watch… I had noted it and wanted to watch or at least to record it. But, I didn't realise that I missed it as I was lying on my bed suffering from fever πŸ™

  23. It is a pleasure to read your posts. I was overwhelmed to appreciate your feelings when you say you are packing lunchboxes with more fondness! these days.

  24. Alka Gurha says:

    You've poured your heart here….I can so identify with it.

  25. Shailaja V says:

    Such a beautiful thought! I do this very often for my daughter and she loves the idea too πŸ™‚ Wonderful post, Indrani! πŸ™‚

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