I've been reading Anne Lamott's Bird By Bird, a memoir on the writer's life. One exercise she suggested was writing about your childhood experiences, particularly those relating to school lunch. So here goes.
Five things I remember from School Lunch:
1. Hageman Elementary School, Salina, Kansas. Jerry Short threw his meatloaf up against the wall just to see what would happen. It bounced, tumbled under the table, and lay there in a quivering mass. (Okay, side note here: I just searched for Jerry Short on line. The bane of my elementary school existance has become a respected firefighter in my hometown of Salina, Kansas! Who would've thought?)
2. There was a table for kids who were naughty in the lunch room. They had to sit up front by the lunch ladies.
3. Our lunchroom monitor once blew her whistle behind Doug Holsligh's head and it startled him so bad, milk shot out of his nose.
4. Faith Christian School, Salina, Kansas. Brown Bag Central. One day, Robbie Ronning went to shell his hard boiled egg only to find out it wasn't hard boiled. As you can tell, this made such an impression on his classmates, whenever we think of lunch at Faith, someone will mention Robbie's Egg Disaster.
5. Not to pick on Robbie, but he also once had his apple escape his lunch bag and roll across the lunchroom and into the church kitchen. (School met at the church.)
When you think of school lunch, what comes to mind?