For the past little while my younger kids have insisted on taking a "home lunch" to school. Abby loves having raw veggies in her lunch packed along side a small container of salad dressing or hummus. Sometimes the dressing is homemade, sometimes purchased. Travis refuses to take anything "uncool". He IS in 8th grade after all. Abby has no qualms, however, with eating what SHE wants rather than worrying what her friends think. That attitude has not gone without some taunting and teasing as she has pulled cucumber sticks, radishes, and red peppers strips out of her lunch bag. She has endured this for many months now.
Last week justice was served. When Abby walked in the front door after school she satisfactorily declared that Annie, Edith, and Penelope (names have been changed to protect the innocent) ALL brought red pepper strips to school that day--complete with dipping sauce. The very girls who gave her grief actually adopted her style.
I love my 5th grade lunchroom trendsetter!