It's not that I couldn't make their lunch- I make K's lunch each day after all- it's just that the pressure to make kiddie-cute lunches is huge. I get torn between the 'you don't need the tomatoes cut into flower baskets- just eat it!' and the 'but mummy, everyone else has cute lunches......'
And then for my birthday this year my SIL sent me a whole bunch of bento making tools. Sausage shapers, seaweed cutters, star, heart and flower rice ball moulds, the works. I had the misfortune of opening this gift in front of the girls so when they heard today was おかず入り弁当 okazuiri-bento- a full course lunch box- they were jumping with excitement. Amy spent two hours last night jumping out of bed, running to the top of the stairs and calling out a range of lunch related questions, requests and orders "Mummy?! Make lots of star things ok?" "Mummy?! You have to make little rice balls ok? Not big ones, ok?" I told her if she wouldn't go to sleep I wouldn't have time to make any lunch and got a "You have to make bento lunches in the morning, mummy!" for my troubles. Aghhhhh!!!
So, with all the pressure and expectations I got up an hour early this morning and gave it my all. Not perfect but hey, the girls were thrilled and that's the main thing, right?
That and being eternally grateful that I only have to make kiddie-cute bentos a handful of times a year!