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October 23, 2006, Herald Journal

Are hot lunches really hot?

By JEN BAKKEN

Here is a story from Traci Moore whose daughter recently started school. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you who may have a tiny tales story.

Traci’s daughter, Kiera, is four and started this year in morning preschool every day and a kids club program for the remainder of the day at school. So, she gets to eat school lunch.

After the first day, she came home and shared all of the joys of her new adventures.

When Traci asked her how lunch was she said, “It was great mom! I had HOT lunch today! I had a HOT dog, HOT beans, HOT somethin’ else, but my milk wasn’t hot.” She actually thought that HOT lunch meant that everything had to be hot.

A couple of weeks into school, she shared how she has her own necklace with her lunch number on it that she has to tell the “lunch lady.”

The “lady” puts in her number so she can pay for her lunch.

She was sure to add though, “The big kids don’t have to do that. They have to clean the tables and benches and probably wash the dishes, too. So, they don’t need numbers.”

I’m sure this belief came from some adult in her past teasing that she would need to “wash dishes” to pay for her meal, and seeing the kids clean up after lunch, it totally made sense.

“We all got a laugh from her interesting interpretation of paying for school lunches,” Traci said, “and my husband and I look forward to next year when she is in kindergarten and we can be done paying for school lunches!”

“The joys of hot lunch! I really didn’t know that it was such a confusing experience until my little girl let me in on her thoughts.”

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community, and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in your life. . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools and our children. . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can email your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com, fax them to (763) 972-1029 or mail them to:TinyTales, 430 Hwy 12 E., Suite 4, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328.