The Neatly Folded Napkins

Everyday as I pack my boys their school lunches, I make sure I include a napkin.  I don’t know why, but I carefully fold each napkin before placing it on top of their lunch container and zipping their lunch bag closed (from here on out if you are a stickler for facts, simply replace in the words half sheet of paper towel for napkin.  The word napkin just sounds better so I am going with it.)

Everyday as I unpack my boys’ school lunches I find on the bottom of their lunch bag, the neatly folded napkin.  It may be slightly dampened from resting next to the ice packs but other than that it appears to be in the same condition as when we parted ways earlier that morning.

I know my kids.  They are not winning any awards for neat eating.  In fact, more often than not, I comment to Husband that wild animals must sit across the table from us during meals based upon the crumbs and spillage that remains after their clear their spots.

And yet I continue to supply my boys with that napkin.

Today, for the first time, there was evidence that the napkin was used!  I internally rejoiced as I put the ice packs back in the freeze and threw away the used napkin.

Yup, some days it truly is about the little things.

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I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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10 Responses to The Neatly Folded Napkins

  1. NickyB. says:

    I laughed as I read this because I do the same thing and the napkin always comes back in their lunch bag

  2. John Coleman says:

    Folding the napkin . . . it’s like pushing your chair back in after dinner or holding the door for somebody–very mannerly! Peace, John

  3. Nancy says:

    LOL! Same deal at my house. The napkins are never used (ok, maybe once or twice). But one day, I forgot to put a napkin in my daughter’s lunch and she came home from school incensed that I sent her to school with no way to clean herself after she she had finished eating. It was all I could do to keep from laughing 😉

    • shoes says:

      Hahaha! That is too funny. It shows they are paying attention and also, in some way, respect the routine of the folded napkin – even if they don’t use them, at least they have the option available for them. 😉

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