For those of you who asked, bento is a Japanese style of boxed meal. And of course the Japanese always do everything beautifully, so a boxed meal is a somewhat elaborate production with various compartments and a wide assortment of items included. But it doesn't always include a pink rice pig or Madeleine figure.
So here is day #1: applesauce with maraschino cherry, sticky rice star with prosciutto and broccoli and swiss chard sticks, carrots with white beets, and hot dog with cucumber. The sticky rice and broccoli came home again. And I heard that a classmate ate the white beets.
And day #2: raspberries and blueberries, sticky rice bear with edamame and broccoli, grape tomatoes with cheddar, and hummus with pita. The edamame, sticky rice, and tomatoes came home. And she told me she gave the broccoli to a classmate.
So I guess I should be happy about the things that were eaten, rather than dwelling on the items that weren't.
It's been surprisingly easy to pack the lunches this way; I assemble them while I'm preparing dinner, and I prepare several days' worth of some items at once. I think it won't be too much work, really. Ask me about that in a couple of months.
Tomorrow I've been told not to send edamame. She wants bits of green from Greenland (peas) like Charlie and Lola eat. Which is fine, especially if she actually eats them. She said she wants her Green to be round, not shaped like edamame.
Now I promise: no more on lunches.