Johnny recently advised me to make Jack’s lunches “cool,” as opposed to “cute,” in preparation for possible teasing in kindergarten next year. My response was, “What? Five-year-olds don’t know what’s ‘cool’!” Alas, it appears I was mistaken. The four- and just-turned-five-year-old boys in Jack’s preschool class are really into Star Wars. I’m perplexed by this — I, a reasonably intelligent 31-year-old, still don’t really understand Star Wars. Johnny’s a big fan, and he’s tried to get me into it (I didn’t watch it as a child), but I’ve fallen asleep at every attempt. Fighting in space … snore (I know that’s not what it’s all about, but that and “Luke, I am your father” are all I remember from my failed Star Wars viewings). Apparently the preschooler set is more sophisticated than I am! Jack isn’t quite at Star Wars fandom yet; he loves Octonauts and other Disney Junior cartoons (those are more my scene. I love those shows! I watched Nick Jr. shows until an embarrassingly old age), but because his BFF lives for Star Wars, he’s delighted when he sees Yoda, storm troopers, Darth Vader, light sabers, etc. In an effort to “coolify” his lunch this week, I broke out my Star Wars cookie cutters. This is packed in an Easy Lunchbox.
In the large compartment, wedged between some crudites, are Yoda and Darth Vader (I think; it’s hard to tell between that cutter and the Storm Trooper cutter. Yes, yes, as a mom of two boys, and as an American citizen, I should brush up on my Star Wars knowledge) salami and cheese sandwiches. The top righthand corner compartment holds dried cranberries, and the bottom compartment has sliced strawberries and clementine wedges skewered by light saber cupcake picks. Pretty cool lunch, if I say so myself! Jack reports that his friends all wanted to see his lunch today, and that when they asked how he got Star Wars sandwiches, he told them, “My mommy made them. She can tell your mommy how to do it if you want.” LOL.