I pack lunch.
I have always packed lunch.
I eat the same thing every day: PBJ (strawberry jelly only), applesauce (cinnamon only), an apple juice pouch, and varying crackers (Wheat Thins, Cheez Its, Club crackers).
I used to eat Goldfish, but I think they might be for younger kids.
I can eat them at home.
The first day of lunch, an adult in the cafeteria made me take a tray.
I told her I don’t get school lunch.
She said I had to take a tray anyway.
I didn’t understand.
I didn’t take a tray when I was in elementary school or last year in this building for fifth grade.
Why did I have to take a tray when I wasn’t going to eat the school lunch?
I pack a lunch from home.
She didn’t know the answer and asked me to do it anyway.
I asked my friends if they knew why.
They didn’t seem too interested in the tray.
They all had trays.
I asked the same cafeteria worker the next day why I had to take the tray.
She still didn’t give me an answer that I understood.
I am getting a little frustrated by having to take it when I don’t need it or use it.
Finally, my mom said the principal talked to her and the reason I had to take the tray was to keep down on the mess.
Three grades of about 900 kids total have to eat in the cafeteria each day.
This made sense.
I wish the cafeteria worker had just told me that.
I would have understood better.
I eat lunch with Mickey and some other people who I don’t know.
My mom keeps asking me who I eat lunch with.
I tell her I don’t know.
She asked if I eat with any girls.
I tell her I really don’t know.
Mickey and I talk about video games at lunch.
Sometimes we draw.
I don’t always go to lunch in the cafeteria.
Sometimes I have to meet with Mr. Roy.
When Mr. Roy and I have lunch together, we sometimes play chess or talk about video games.
One day, my sandwich was missing from my lunch.
I went to the office and they called my mom.
She had pretzels in her office that she brought to me.
When I got back to the cafeteria, everyone I usually sat with was gone.
I was going to sit by myself to eat, but then someone who said they knew me said I could sit them.
That was really nice.
I wish I remembered how I knew her.
One other time, I got a nosebleed at lunch.
I went to the nurse with my lunch, until my nose stopped bleeding.
The nurse lets me eat my lunch there.
My mom came down to see if I was okay.
Then, I went to class.
Lunch is a good time to relax and talk about things I want to talk about, instead of school stuff.