Here’s another easy kid-friendly lunchbox recipe for back to school time: fruit and cream cheese lunch wraps. They are super fast to make, and kids will love them because they are naturally sweet.
For some reason this time of year, the back to school time, always brings back memories of riding the school bus. When I was a kid, I had a super long bus ride but it was never dull. I remember bits of it: in kindergarten, the mean girls who bullied me for sucking my thumb. Then being taken under the wing of Lizzy, the super nice 8th grader who played squiggles with me.
A few years later at age 8, when my best friend moved onto my bus route, we sat together and talked every morning. I remember holding our breath every time we passed a graveyard and playing punch buggy.
Painfully, I remember the time that Joe, a mean boy from another school, tied my shoelaces to the seat, and when I stood to get off the bus, I fell flat on my face in the isle. What an ass that kid was. Pardon my French.
I remember when Walkman cassette players became popular, and the whole bus culture changed. Things got a whole lot quieter. First just one or two lucky kids had one. I remember when I finally got one, and could listen to music on the way to school. But I didn’t have many tapes. So I’d listen to the same ones over and over. I gag a bit thinking of my bad taste and paltry selection: the Beach Boys, Don Henley, the Cars and The Hooters. Lol!
As I got older, and moved back toward the back of the bus, I spent all my allowance on tapes and went through a big phase of wearing black and listening to Depeche Mode, Erasure and New Order. Good grief!
Around that black wearing time there was a boy on the bus that I had a big crush on and I loved that our ride was so long. It gave me more opportunities to maybe get to flirt with him.
I’m not sure how old I was when I listened to the Violent Femmes, the Beastie Boys and Pink Floyd. I’m guessing 9th grade. Then of course there was the awesomeness of mix tapes.
Occasionally I’d have to do my homework, always a bouncy affair. I’d arrive at school with sloppy looking work and a little woozy.
We had only a few bus drivers over the decade plus that I rode the bus: Mr. Romeck, Mrs. Johnson and Ray. None of them took any crap, but Mrs. Johnson was particularly nasty. She’d yell “Siddown!” to the older kids who were goofing off. Nobody crossed her. Looking back I suspect Ray was a stoner. Kinda like the bus driver in the Simpsons. Yikes!
All of these memories come back in spurts as I send my own girls off on the bus. It’s almost enough to make me want to drive them in to school. Then I remind myself that as a parent it is one more little thing in the inevitable process of letting them go. It’s like entropy. Give me strength.
Did you ride the bus as a kid?
Did you listen to a Walkman?
Were you bullied on the bus?
Do you remember your bus drivers?
These fruit and cream cheese lunch wraps are super fast to make, and kids will love them because they are naturally sweet.
- 2 whole-wheat flour tortillas, preferably 8-inch size.
- 4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese
- 1 cup sliced fruit, such as strawberries, pears and kiwi
- Lay tortillas on work surface. Spread two tablespoons of cream cheese over each tortilla.
- Lay ½ cup fruit out on one side of the tortilla in a line. Roll up, sticking it together with the cream cheese. Cut in half.
- Refrigerate or keep cold until ready to eat.