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Julia Sims: Love in a lunchbox

Posted September 30, 2013

WRAL-TV reporter Julia Sims with her son

When Will went off to his first day of kindergarten, I tucked a little Post-it inside his lunchbox.

On it was a simple (albeit rudimentary) funny face. I figured the little guy can't really read... but, he does love pictures. I thought it might make him smile and for that quick second during his day, he might think of me.

Walking home from school that day, Will had a big smile on his face and said "Mama, there was a funny man in my lunchbox." Well, the conversation took off from there - we named the man in the lunchbox, we talked about his adventures and we laughed. A little lunchbox alien

The next morning, Will said he was hoping an alien would sneak into his lunchbox. And that's the way it's been every day since. Mean men, goofy guys and crazy aliens on little yellow Post-its are part of his daily lunchbox menu. Sometimes, it's a surprise. Sometimes, Will dictates the face he wants to see.

And at the end of every day, we have creative, imaginative conversations about the "funny man in the lunchbox."

That first day, the little picture was really an afterthought - something I did to make myself feel better, and hopefully, make him smile. Funny how those types of things can turn into so much more.

Julia is a reporter for WRAL-TV and the mother of one. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.



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  • hsiflee Oct 1, 2013

    Julia...I see you removed my post...If WRAL is going to allow you to post your articles then they should allow us to post our comments...Unless you don't like what you see. Are you removing these or is the WRAL gestapo machine removing these? Have you heard of free speach?

  • cmk617 Oct 1, 2013

    I was helping my 11 year old clean his room and opened a drawer with the notes I had put in his lunch a few years ago. It has been a while since I last packed a lunch for him -- he discovered he liked the cafeteria food. :) He explained that he has kept all of the notes I have written him. I had no idea!

  • pisgah2005 Oct 1, 2013

    Julia, What a sweet surprise for your son and a nice tradition to start! My son is in 4th grade. I put a picture in his snack bag everyday. It may be a cute picture of an animal cut out of a magazine or a funny cartoon I've pulled off the internet. Lets him know I'm thinking about him during the day. It's the little things that mean so much!

  • NCishome Oct 1, 2013

    Save each one...Some day when he looks back he will be reminded of those wonderful childhood memory.

    For me it's my Santa with the crooked beard that was made in pre-school that Mom kept for me.