Check out how simple Lunch box notes got us closer and brought a lot more joy into our life.
I was going through a terrible guilt when we had to move to a new city again.
My daughters loved their school in Udaipur, and a part of our hearts broke when we had to leave the city.
Honestly! My husband and I shared the news with our daughters the moment we got to know of it, since we wanted to prepare them for the big change well in advance.
The school in udaipur did for our girls which none of the schools I know ever did. More than leaving the city, it was the thought of leaving the school, the principal, teachers and their school friends that was making me feel low.
But I knew this move was important for our family.
Choosing the right school was on the top of our to-do- list.
We flew down to Delhi for a week, to ensure we got the school and house sorted.
The Big day was now just a day away. The kids were a nervous but a little excited too to start afresh. They weren’t sure how soon they would make friends again and get used to the change.
I had sleepless night a day prior and kept thinking of how I could make this transition easy for our daughters.
Just then I got this idea of writing small notes for my daughters.
In the morning I kept 5 minutes aside and found a quirky joke for my elder daughter and wrote a small “Have a great day! We love you” note for our younger one ( I informed the younger one that there was a small letter and she could take her teacher’s help to know what was written in it).
The note was a total surprise for my elder daughter because I knew she could read.
The girls went to school and I was smiling ear to ear thinking about how happy the notes would make the girls. I then went to pick up my younger daughter first, who hugged me tight hug and said ” I love you too mumma”.
She then said, “Mam read the note! She said mama papa loves you. I smiled and finished the lunch quickly. I’m happy mumma. “
I couldn’t believe what I just heard. Not that I had never heard a “I love you” before? ( We hear it a hundred times a day), but this time it was special. This small little note cheered up my little girl. It made her remember that her Mumma and Papa have got her back, even when they aren’t around.
Just when this beautiful feeling was sinking in, it was time for me to pick up my elder one. This time I was nervous. Her IQ level is great and I didn’t want her to think that her mother had gone totally nuts. The moment I reached her class, she hugged her sister and me, and we started walking towards our car.
She was smiling all the while but didn’t say a word. I was worried, because that’s quite unusual of her. She usually starts yapping about the school activities the moment she sees me.
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We reached the car and just when I was about to start driving, she asked me stop. I turned behind with a weird expression. She planted a kiss on my cheeks and hugged me from behind.
My elder daughter – ” You are the cutest mumma. I found your surprise joke and it was so funny. I laughed so hard. The kids sitting around me came to see why I laughed. I read the note aloud and we all laughed together. You know mamma, those kids have become My friends now. We later sat together during the free class and made some drawings’.
Woah! woah! woah!
I had tears in my eyes ( which I have even now, while penning the incident down).
I didn’t expect the notes to do so much for my daughters. My only intention was to make them smile, in case they felt a little lonely at the new school.
The notes did much more for us than that.
It made our girls realize that we were in this together.
Days passed by and I was enjoying writing the notes for them. The cheer in their eyes showed how much they loved these little notes.
Soon a little twist in the tale happened. It had been just a few weeks in the new house and we had guests staying over. In the midst of all the work at home I skipped sending them the notes.
After skipping it for 4 days, I somehow didn’t feel the need to write them anymore, because I felt that the girls were comfortable at the school and didn’t need the notes anymore. I felt they were good to go all by themselves.
But seems like I was wrong.
On the 4th day of missing the notes, my elder daughter came to me and said ” Mamma someone stopped writing the fun notes..hunn?”.
I was taken aback.
Me: ” Do you want me to keep writing them? I thought you didn’t enjoy them much”.
My elder daughter : ” Are you kidding mumma? They were the coolest. I really like such quirky jokes. You know, in fact my friends too enjoyed reading them with me. We used to laugh the entire day thinking about the jokes. “
Me: ” Really? If you enjoy them so much I will keep writing them for you forever. I promise! ”
My elder daughter: ” You are the best!” . She hugged me so tight that I could hardly breathe.
Ever since then I pledged to keep writing the notes for my daughters.
Our house has become a museum of notes ever since.
You will find small notes on the cupboards, on the fridge, the doors and even the walls.
Every note stuck on the wall has a story to tell.
If I miss writing the note for the girls one day, I send them two the next day as a bonus.
I’m sure by now you must be urged to try this too.
Go ahead and do this little thing for your kids and you will be surprised to see your child’s reaction.
If your child is too small to read, you can make some doodle or draw his/her favorite character with a small ‘I love you’ written on it.
I will be sharing a post on Why you must try writing lunch box notes for your kids as well?
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These are so cute to communicate with kids and makes them feel good.
Beautiful post, was smiling all through I read your tiffin notes. Wish I could go back in time and do this my daughter.
I feel you can still do it. It’s never too late to start something that would make your loved ones smile.
this is such a cute gesture for your kids, i love the idea to involve the kids.
This is such a lovely idea!.. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post.. Will send lunch box notes in my son’s lunch box too
Thanks Simrit?. I’m humbled. I’m sure your child would love it as much as my girls do
Loved your post. I can relate to the euphoria as I do the same but occasionally.I also write love letters to my daughter.She love it.
Thanks. That is so lovely. I’m sure the note make your little girl the happiest.
A very different parenting blog….I’m glad. By now, I had become a bit tired of reading the same stuff over and over again. You are a super mum and your children are lucky to have someone so loving and creative with them. Keep the creative juices flowing! Why do you think you should stop the notes when your children leave the nest? That is when they need to know that you love still envelopes them, no matter the distance, isn’t it?
Thanks Janaki?. I have indeed mentioned in post that I stopped writing thinking that it had served it’s purpose but thankfully my daughter helped me make amends. Isn’t parenting all about learning every moment? I am always open to learning from my kids and people around?
It’s such a different and unique parenting blog. I also used to send occasional notes to my son. May be i should do that regularly
Thanks. Regular notes are actually fun.
It is such a brilliant idea. It did touch my heart when i read this post. We sometimes miss to see how our kids want to be felt special. These small notes or anyother small deeds make them feel loved. This is what kids want. Just loved your post.
You never know what your child is expecting from you until there’s a sweet gesture from their side. These little notes are really very cute and strengthening the bond between you three.
True that Geethica?. I’m so glad I started doing this. I’m fact I look forward to seeing their reaction everyday.
wow this is such a cute idea and I really impressed with your creative style..loved the way you had tackled the whole situation. will try this lunch box notes idea with my girls too..hoping they will love it. #Surbhireads #Myfriendalexa
Thank you so much Sir hi?. I’m sure your kids would love it. Get ready for some extra hugs and kisses ? from them.
This is sheer joy ! Loved reading your notes relay& the way it brought happiness to your daughters,a beautiful tradition can come out of this and tons of memories.great idea!
Thanks a ton ?. It indeed had brought is closer and the happiness I see in their eyes is priceless.
I used to do this everyday for my daughter. And it used to bring a smile on her face during lunchtime. But I haven’t done that in a while. Let me start again. Thanks for the reminder.
Good to know that Alpana. I’m glad I could give you a reminder. I’m sure your girl will be Happy.
Not for kids, however I do it for my hubby on and off, he loves it too
Oh that’s nice. I’m sure it makes his day?
aww loved reading it !! this is soo sweet!
Interesting idea! This was a great read!!
What a lovely way (loving too) to communicate with kids. Makes even a lunch such a special occasion.
Super cute idea! Not only did I love the sweet notes, I also loved how delighted your girls were. I Have to do this!
Thanks. These notes make us Really happy
I love the idea of lunch notes and i am waiting for my lil one to grow up so she can read it. These small things are very important for the child and makes them so confident about the support and love of their parents. Loved your post.
Wow such a lovely idea, thanks for sharing I totally loved it.
I am Sure going to do it for my boys to bring smile when they have lunch
Happy to know that.
lovely idea, will surely try with my boys
Thanks. I am sure they would like it.
You did a great job by making these notes as you were helping your kids to cope up soon n happily with the change of city
We love lunch box notes Preet. They are awesome :-).. Loved the way you have written .. I love such notes to an extent that we recently designed printed encouragement cards for it and launched on amazon 🙂
How cool is that. All the best.
That’s a lovely idea . Let me also try it . I am planning to send such notes in my husband’s tiffin too. Hope it works.
It would definitely work😬
Your post bring a ☺ smile
Awesome and unique
A simple gesture goes a long way in building a strong relationship with kids. Ur way is really unique and love those cutr notes. U should continue doing it even later because that’s when they will need ur warmth and support the max!! Kudos to u mommy for parenting ur kids right..
So true. Even during this pandemic we keep writing notes to each other and they make our days brighter.
Vaidik my son is starting his pre school in Dubai from October. This is a wonderful idea. I am definitely trying it . He would be so happy to see smileys , shapes, alphabets (he is just 23 months) . Wonderful way to show love and support. #damurureads #myfriendalexa
Thanks. I’m sure your kiddo would like the idea.
Ohh, that’s such a sweet thing to do. I’m sure the notes must have made their day! ?
Those notes are really special to her and me😁