This post is about Bento Boxes. But first I need to tell you something about teaching.
I have been a teacher or professor my entire working career. There are many challenging things about being an educator.
Engaging students is challenging.
Planning meaningful lessons is challenging.
Maintaining an orderly classroom is challenging.
Grading in a fair and thoughtful manner is challenging.
Working constructively with colleagues can be challenging.
In reading this list of challenges, I doubt anyone is very surprised by them. These all seem like predictable challenges that come with the territory of being an educator. I certainly anticipated these challenges when I entered the teaching profession.
But there was one challenge of being an educator that I did not anticipate: How hard it would be to figure out what to carry my lunch in to school every day.
It is not as easy as it sounds.
I eat a lot of snacks. And that works fine when I am at home. But when I am at work all day, it is difficult to fine a container that will hold all of the various containers I need so that I can have enough food without it leaking or getting smashed.
It is also really challenging finding a lunch container that will allow me to bring items that can be eaten at room temperature, as well as those that must be microwaved.
I have tried a lot of different lunch carrying containers or bags over the years.
I have tried regular lunch boxes or bags. These are usually too small or they do not allow me to carry my lunch in a safe and leak-proof manner.
For quite a few years when I was riding the bus downtown to grad classes and taking my lunch with me, I took my lunch in a picnic basket. I’ll admit, it did look a bit precious (read: pretentious), but it was sturdy; easy to transport on the bus; and it held a lot of different food containers or bags.