Theresa's Mixed Nuts: The Lunch Lady's Pet

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Lunch Lady's Pet

We've all heard of teacher's pet before, right? Mariah has always been a great student, so teachers naturally loved her. Allison, on the other hand, seems to have a knack not with teachers, but the school lunch ladies! When she was in second grade, the lunch supervisor at her school took a shining to Allison. She would eat with her sometimes, even coming in occasionally on her day off so they could have lunch together. She would buy her little holiday gifts and stash them in her locker, and during summer breaks, they would snail mail each other letters. Honestly, I was a little freaked out by all the attention she was giving my child at first, but after taking the time to get to know her myself, I found the relationship kind of sweet. I love that there is another mother type figure in her life that she feels comfortable talking to!


Allison has since left elementary school, but they still exchange letters in the mail. They went out for ice cream over summer vacation, and it's so lovely that she still thinks of Allison on holidays, driving to our house to drop off little care packages for her.


Now that Allison is in middle school, there's a new lunch lady on the scene. And guess what? It so happens to be the mom of Mariah's boyfriend! "My table gets to go first. Mrs. R. gives me bubble gum every day as I pass through the line. Everyone knows I'm her favorite!" Yes, she certainly has a knack for getting the lunch lady to love her. Mariah is a bit irritated that she's friends with Mrs. R. on Facebook, and had to roll her eyes when she also got another Easter gift from her new found lunch lady friend. (Don't worry, Mariah got one too!)


           
                     Were you ever a favorite in school? Is your child a teacher's (or lunch lady's) pet?

39 comments:

  1. that is so lovely, Allison will have such fond memories when she grows up... we do get to remember all the good little things that people did for us when we were little and we cherish them, because kids remember longer than adults. I wish I had a relationship with an adult person like that when me was a lil' coon..... Maybe you can do the same with some poor lil' kid from your neighbourhood?

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    1. It's true. I still remember the lady next door when I lived in the south. She always invited us over for peanut butter and crackers. She'd let us climb her big pine tree and just be rambunctious kids. When we moved, she made sure to send us off with a big jar of peanut butter. Her name was Pauline and 30 years later, I still remember her with clarity and fondness.

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  2. That is so sweet. I am glad she has that connection with someone she feels comfortable with and I love that they are pen pals :)

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    1. And it's fun to still get letters in the mail. It's such a rarity these days!

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  3. I was always a favorite when it came to the art teachers. That's such a small world that Allison's teacher/lunch lady mentor is Mariah's boyfriend's mom. Such a small world.

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    1. I can see you being an art teacher favorite! You were probably their most creative student so they looked forward to seeing your work!

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  4. I was a favorite now and then. I still try to butter up people at a food counter in hopes they'll make my scoop a little bigger, give me that extra dollop!!!

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    1. That's a pretty smart thing to do. A little extra scoop and dollop is always a great bonus ;)

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  5. Sounds like one great lunch lady. Second is kinda funny because she's Mariah's boyfriends mother. Oh the picking that could ensue. But hey, have to eat and she sure knows where her bread is buttered, literally haha

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    1. She does love to eat, so I'm sure she figured out buttering up the lunch ladies were the way to get what she wants each day hahahah!

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  6. bahahaha on the boyfriend of her sister's mom. That's hilarious! :) My youngest is the opposite. His teachers love him, the lunch lady says he talks too much...which is comical to me because the teachers always say he doesn't talk enough, lol. I guess lunch brings the chat on. ;)

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    1. It's amazing how the quietest kid will get loud and rowdy at lunchtime! I guess the brain needs a release from all that thinking during the day and lunch is a great way to let it all go!

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  7. I rarely got to see the lunch ladies. The school lunches were mostly crap, I only remember ever liking the pizza lunches but by high school they even found a way to screw those up.

    So I just brought my own.

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  8. I could understand Mariah being annoyed. That's a little too close for comfort - funny, though.
    I was teacher's pet throughout elementary, but I never liked the lunch ladies.

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  9. This is such a cute story...I think I would have been a little freaked too...lol. How wonderful your daughter is able to have friends of all ages.

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  10. This happens a lot in schools down here in the south. We're still not quite on the same national level for craziness in schools in my area, so the kids and the teachers still connect quite personally.

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  11. I was never the favorite in school. But, I was my Grandpas favorite!! When he died, I was back to being nobodys favorite. LOL

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  12. I was definitely never a teachers or a lunch lady's pet--I got along with all of them except on math teacher in my senior year!!! It is nice that these woman think of your girls and bring them little gifts.

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  13. That's really cute! It's good to know there are adult role models who look out for the kids at school.

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  14. My daughter is always to first one to help out at school but I do not think she has become a favorite just yet. Give her time! :)

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  15. My oldest was his last teachers "right hand" helped with everything and always the first to get up to get things done or help!

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  16. Becoming close with a teacher or school staff member is so sweet and definitely a memory to treasure. Imagine my surprise when my GATE teacher from elementary school showed up as my daughter's fourth grade teacher last year. It was such a special experience and she has since taken a position as the school counselor so all of my babies get to interact with her.

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    1. That is so cool! My 3rd grade teacher now teaches my niece and nephew. It's so cool when your favorites are still at the school even after you've grown up. Then you get to see them all over again!

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  17. Hmmm thinking of it, none of my boys are teacher's pet 😣 I would have freaked out too at first if an adult showers too much attentiont to my son :D This portion reminded me about my own experience when a girl older than me started being nice to me often came to my lodging room to have a chat or coffee I thought she was hitting on me hahaha... So silly, she became one of my best friends in college :D

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    1. Oh my, Rina! That's hilarious! Glad to hear she wasn't some stalker kind of girl and you were able to develop a friendship!

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  18. Yes, I was a favorite. I got to be the teacher's helper with reading and spelling. Your daughter has the most beautiful smile. I wish all your kids success in their lifetime.

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    1. Thank you for such a sweet comment Lori!

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  19. This is a unique friendship! I am glad that they still communicate

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  20. This is such a sweet story! I never had a teacher relationship like that before. Hopefully they can remain friends for a long time :)

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  21. Ok, seriously adorable story! What special relationships she has with the lunch ladies

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  22. What a sweet story. It really warmed my heart to see a lunch lady and teacher go above and beyond like that.

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  23. I was a favorite of my English Literature teacher in Jr. High and my Accounting/Law teacher in High School. They were always sending letters home to my mother.

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    1. Ahh! That's so sweet! I bet your mom beamed with pride reading each letter too!

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  24. In high school, most of my teachers loved me, especially my literature teachers. Unfortunately, the principal always seemed to have it out for me :(

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  25. I think that's so sweet. Unfortunately I was never a favorite, although teachers liked me.

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  26. What a super sweet story! Yes I definelty had a favorite teacher. The maintenance worker always liked me because I was always picking up from others.

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  27. I have had a favorite teacher but i was never a teachers pet. This is such a great connection, i love that they are pen pals.

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  28. what a lovely gift..and sweet friendship, too... I have some teachers who are close while we were students and they made friends with my parents as well. But I've sadly lost contact with some of them..

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