love letters

Every weekday morning I pack up school lunches for my girls. And with every lunch, I write a special note on their napkin.

I used to actually write words on their napkins…you know…those things that you read. But I soon discovered that drawings were much more appreciated. Thus, I have begun a series of Sharpie-drawn pictures for them.

They typically fall under the category of fictitious martians, as they are much easier to draw since I can make up any ol’ thing I wanna.

It takes me less than 5 minutes, and makes me feel good that they will see a little glimpse of Mom halfway through their day.

(do not assume that these drawings are fabulous…one day I drew a stick figure)

I was under no delusions, however, that these napkin-drawings were really noticed by my girls or that they meant anything. In fact, I thought there might even be a slight embarrassment-factor there.

Nothing worse than opening up your lunch box in front of all your friends, trying to hide the funny drawing that Mommy snuck in there.

But then a few weeks ago, I found this…

…tucked away in the front pocket of Jane’s lunch box.

All the notes I had drawn for her, saved from the throes of the cafeteria trash can.

Well, golly.

(my personal favorite)

Just when I think that all of my attempts at making my children feel special are moot, Janie goes and surprises me.

Oh, Jane. Sometimes I think you are way beyond your years.

And then she returns to being an 8 year old who complains that there’s nothing to eat whilst staring into a pantry full of food.

Ya win some, ya lose some.

My silly napkin notes may be a tiny bright spot in their day. But finding all of them saved in Jane’s lunch box?

Brightens all kinds of spots in this mamma’s heart.

yvette - February 8, 2012 - 10:30 pm

THat is beyond heartwarming!

Anna - February 8, 2012 - 11:05 pm

My mom always did this for me. I gotta tell you I looked forward to seeing it everyday. I couldn’t wait to sit down and open my lunchbox to see the note and picture she had for me each day. Before I started homeschooling I did it for Zoe too, but she never did anything as awesome as starting a collection! ;) How sweet is that?!

Captain Murdock - February 9, 2012 - 4:28 am

This is beautiful. And convicting. I used to send notes with my daughter’s lunch, and then life happened and mornings are hectic and I haven’t done it in a long time. Thanks for the reminder about filling them up.

Stefanie - February 9, 2012 - 6:24 am

You are so very SWEET! Love your little love letters, I can see why Janie keeps them :)
P.S. You’ve got some mad illustrating skillz, Yo! I see MORE WO kids shirts in our future – you need to get to doodling!!

Naomi - February 9, 2012 - 7:58 am

When my children were in school, (now we homeschool again) I would do this same thing….. drawings with a few words…… and I thought the same thing, that they would be embarrassed and hide them away. They loved the sweet attention and it really helped one of my boys who missed me terribly. BUT, I never received one back…… I think that is the most precious little note ever and should be framed in your home!!

christy - February 9, 2012 - 10:36 am

That. Right there? Made me tear up at my desk. Bless her sweet heart.

stephanie - February 9, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Love it. I’m not surprised to find out how much your girls love it though. For much of my jr. high and high school years my mom worked nights so my dad made our sack lunches. Most days he’d write some weird note or drawing on our bags. We rolled our eyes pretending it was so “un-cool”…secretly loving it. Even our classmates liked it.
Way to go, Mom!

Kim Van Brunt - February 9, 2012 - 8:54 pm

Oh so sweet! Audrey’s been asking for notes because I’ve sometimes included them in the past — you’ve inspired me to send a little drawing along tomorrow.

Chasity - February 15, 2012 - 9:55 am <3

Diane - March 8, 2012 - 11:38 pm

You are making memories. My daughter , now almost 24 and a pre K teacher asst. , remembers with fondness the little notes, heart shaped sandwiches, etc , which I did for her :)

Ashley Milford - March 26, 2012 - 10:24 pm

Okay, I love this for 2 reasons:

1. You draw awesome martians.
2. I do the same thing for my kids and just last week I found a remarkably similar treasure in my daughter’s back pack. Totally made my day.

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