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Friday, September 30, 2011

The Best of Lunches

            “Alex, would you make a sandwich for me to take for lunch tomorrow while you’re making your own?”

            “Maybe.”

            “Thanks.”

            “I didn’t say I would,” he replied. “I’m still thinking about it.”

            “You’re a prince.”

            He sighed heavily and took two more pieces of bread out of the bag. “I guess.”

            I laughed as I went upstairs to bed.

            Today, lunch time rolled around and I took the brown paper bag Alex had packed for me out of my computer bag. The sandwich he had made for me was carefully wrapped in wax paper. I opened it, and smiled. The sandwich looked delicious, but it was the handwritten note tucked inside that touched my heart.

            “Mom,” it read. “Have a Great Day!  Love, Alex.” There was a smiley face under his name.

             When he was little, I would put a note in his Power Rangers lunch box so he’d know I was thinking about him while he was at school. It was a bittersweet day for me when he asked me to please stop sending my daily note; the other third graders were teasing him. I accepted that he was growing up, but I wished that my notes weren’t something that had to be left behind.

            What I didn’t know then was that 17-year-old Alex would make a sandwich for me and tuck a note into it to let me know that he was thinking about me while I was at work. I felt loved, happy, and a bit teary-eyed. Now that’s a special lunch!     

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