Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Waldorf Lunch Baskets

O.k., so I don't know about other Waldorf schools, but ours is definitely not "mainstream." I'm not going to get into it here, but suffice it to say that it is about as not mainstream as you can get. One of the many things that has come to seem normal to us, but is -- alas -- actually quite bizarre at first glance is the fact that most of the children bring their lunch to school in baskets. From an outsider's perspective it appears very odd-- the sight of all these children, grades pre-K through 8, walking into school each morning carrying baskets. Very few backpacks, very few lunch boxes, very few school bags... but lots and lots and lots of baskets. Anyhoo... K & O have never brought baskets to school. From the start I thought it would be absolutely crazy to give them their lunches in baskets -- because I know my boys and I knew they'd swing them around and lose all their lunch stuff. And they didn't seem to notice (or if they did, they sure didn't care) that most other children were carrying baskets while they weren't. But that was when they were 3. Now they're 4. And kindergarteners. And what a difference a year makes!! By the end of the first week of school Kyle was asking for a "lunch basket." Then, of course, Owen jumped on the bandwagon and started nagging me for a "lunch basket" too. I asked why they wanted this. They said (of course!), "because everyone else has lunch baskets!" I said, "well don't you want to be different from everyone else?" and they looked at me like I was crazy and said (of course!), "NO!!!" Well, coincidentally, my mom is a Shaker Basket Maker. I asked her to bring some basket stuff with her when she came for this visit. So, sure enough, yesterday afternoon, the boys made their very own "lunch baskets" with MorMor. And this morning they could not wait to go to school with their lunches in their baskets. In the car, before pulling out of the garage, they even asked me to "take a picture" of them with their baskets. It was a huge deal to them to have their lunch baskets today. You wouldn't believe how excited these two boys can get over things like this. Kyle, literally, hasn't stopped talking about his basket for the past 24 hours. So, now, K & O have had another wish come true: Waldorf Lunch Baskets. And MorMor can add this to her long list of crazy/interesting/bizarre/or, in her words--"unique"-- things that have gone on around here during this visit. ;)




12 comments:

Anonymous said...

what BEAUTIFUL baskets! good job kyle & owen. mormor is amazing too-- wow!

xoxo
lori

Momof3 said...

I wonder how that phenomenon started?

We had a pudding explosion all over my 6 year old's lunch bag. Can't imagine how it would have really gotten around in a basket!

But, it is very cool that they got to make their own baskets!

Kathy said...

Cool! I've never seen kids carry those.

Malia'sMama said...

I had visions of them refusing car rides and having to be driven up in buggies, next! Hysterical :)

Claudia and John said...

Ohhh how sweet. I absolutely love the baskets and loved the fact that K & O helped MorMor. It has that extra love added to it.

I also thought the previous post with you all at Peace Valley. The picture with the puppy going for a stroller ride was a hoot.

Love and Hugs,
Claudia

Anonymous said...

Lunch baskets are part of the Waldorf experience/tradition. It is not unique to your school.

Kathrin said...

I love those! Great job!

Karen Vitek said...

I bet that since MorMor made those baskets with them they will be treasured like no other Waldorf Lunch Baskets!! What a great experience to make your own basket - this makes it even more unique!

How are the boys enjoying Neptune? I think that MorMor secretly is hoping that the boys can wear out the puppy before she heads home again!

Ani said...

What a wonderful project to do with MorMor (and what a crafty, skilled grandma you all have!).

The baskets look great, and those 2 look pretty proud of themselves :)

JYS said...

I want a MorMor!

How sweet!

Lorna said...

Waldorf school graduate here chuckling at the wonderful Waldorf weirdnes....

Anna said...

I was so excited to see another blog by a adoptive mom who is sending her children to a Waldorf school! I am a graduate as well as a parent and my daughter is in the sixth grade of a waldorf school. She is also one of only a few black children in the school. However that would have been true for any school she attended near us. We have been so, so happy with her there for eight years now. And like you said about your boys- she loves, loves, loves going to school and her school in general!
Cant wait to follow along with your story :)