More quiche… and maybe some poetry

Easy lunch box ideas for kids

At bedtime last night, Parker and I had a deep and meaningful conversation about poetry. And quiche.

“One of the reasons I’m so proud of the way you read is because words are one of the most powerful tools you’ll ever have,” I explained to him.

“Thanks. Can I have more quiche tomorrow?”

“We’ll see… You know, whether you are reading them, writing them or speaking them, words can do so much. They can change what people think. They can change the world,” I said.

“Like if I said, ‘I want quiche,’ or ‘I want bacon,’ right? Those words would change what I ate,” Parker said with a yawn.

“Well, I suppose. But I’m telling you all this because I thought maybe we’d start listening to poetry every night just before bed. I’ll find short videos of famous poems. Poems are great because you get to decide what they mean.”

“OK. But can I have more quiche tomorrow?”

And so my brilliant plan for us to listen meaningfully to poetry… derailed by quiche.

Actually, it wasn’t derailed. We still listened. We may not do it every night, but most nights I’m going to try to find YouTube videos of famous writers reading one of their poems aloud. Last night we did Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.”

And once Parker got his mind off quiche, he enjoyed it.

So this morning, I really had to reward him with… more quiche. For breakfast and for lunch. To round out the rest of the lunch, I also made a quick “sushi” roll of turkey and cheese on a whole-wheat tortilla.

Tonight… the road less traveled.

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6 Responses to “More quiche… and maybe some poetry”

  1. Amanda says:

    Yay for the poetry (and quiche)! We’ve been reading poems from Where the Sidewalk Ends every night for a few months now (5 yrs old). You may want to check out some of the YouTube videos from the Poetry Out Loud competition. Very impressive high school kids.

    Back when I lived the dream of the 90′s, working at a cafe, I asked my customers to write a haiku about their order in the time it took me to make it. I still have those. Might be a fun assignment for Parker while you make his lunch!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      What a great idea! I’m not so sure Parker will embrace it just yet… But it’s worth a try. And thanks for the tip on Poetry Out Loud. Will check it out!

  2. Gena says:

    What fabulous ideas! I love the sleepy time poetry!

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Thanks. So far we’ve done “Still I Rise” and Robert Frost’s “Road Less Traveled.” Not sure how much he gets out of it, but it’s a start.

  3. Lindsay S. says:

    Jack Prelutzky has lovely books of poems for children, but they are of higher caliber than Shel Silverstein. A.A. Milne’s original Winnie the Pooh books also have quite a lot of poetry and wordplays in them, and are fun to read even as an adult.

    • J.M Hirsch says:

      Will have to check out Jack P.’s poetry. We are huge Milne fans. I’m pretty sure I can recite all the Pooh stories by heart. Milne was a true master of words, able to say so much with so few words. Every time I read him I am awed by his writing. When I grow up I want to be half the writer he was.