Every day, Mom packed the same lunch for me. Peanut Butter and Jelly on white bread and two chocolate chip cookies. My thermos was always filled with iced tea. Always.
I studied every side of that lunch box and compared it to the boxes my friends carried. I remember getting my finger pinched in the handle sometimes.
Mrs. Wallace walked the isles between tables calling…
“No trading, boys and girls!”
“Clean up your trash!”
“No one is lining up until it is QUIET!”
Thinking of her makes me smile. She was definitely intimidating. However, we all loved her. She had a chair against the wall on which she kept her coffee can of bleach water. If you had something in your lunch that you didn’t like, you were free to leave it next to the can on her chair. In turn, she would hand those things out to the children who hadn’t much of their own. Sweet, sweet lady.
Mom packed one identical to this one for Dad.
I’m positive I had this Walt Disney one, too. But Mom doesn’t remember it. Isn’t it funny how vivid some childhood memories can be? Especially when there are sounds and smells involved!
Sadly, I never had an “Emergency!” lunch box.
Or one with Evel Knievel on it. Lol!
If you want to stroll down memory lane, do an EBay search for “metal lunch box.” I guarantee you’ll be smiling at all the fun ones you remember!
What was on your lunch box? Don’t be bashful! I really want to know!