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Last week I was honored when Parenting.com’s Mom Congress blog asked me to contribute a couple blog posts about my experience as Mrs. Q. Here’s is the first in a series, which ran on Wednesday last week:
Life has a way of surprising you. School lunch was not on my radar during the first few years I worked as a speech-language pathologist for Chicago Public Schools. Even though I passed the cafeteria every day, I didn’t even peek in to see what was happening. I was just focused on my work with students with speech impairments.
For me, becoming a parent changed my view of children. And when my son was making that scary transition at one year of age when he started getting all of his nutritional needs met through real food, I really started thinking about food in a way I never had before. The food I had in my house had to be the best.
During that same period, getting myself, my son and my husband ready for work and childcare in the morning was stressful and crazy. One day I just wasn’t able to find time to pack a lunch, and I ended up running out of time to pack myself something. I figured it was no big deal—there was a cafeteria at work, and I’d just buy school lunch like the kids…