A while back I came across this Huffington Post story about Derek Benson, a video game developer who adorns his child’s daily brown paper lunch sack with some pretty amazing artwork. Take a look at one example:
Benson says he dashes off drawings like this in about twenty minutes and he does it every day. You can check out more of his work on his lunch bag art Tumblr.
So, this story got me wondering: is lunch bag artwork a thing?
Yes, people, apparently it is a thing!
Here’s the lunch bag art of another dad, Matthew Roberts. Here’s a mom’s artwork on the brown paper lunch sacks her child brought daily to a summer program. Here’s another, and another! And it goes without saying that Martha Stewart is out there encouraging us to decorate our kids’ lunch sacks with colorful labels and stickers.
I’m sorry, people, but it’s all I can do to put together a decent lunch (on some days I’m not sure we even achieve that low bar), toss it into two decidedly grubby lunch boxes and push my kids out the door. Getting out the pastel crayons is so not happening.
But just as I’m fascinated by those moms creating edible bento art each day, I’m also intrigued by these Lunch Sack Leonardos. Is it going way too far to make your kids feel special (which is how I felt about the daily, ego-affirming lunch box note) or is it a sweet expression of parental love?
Let me know what you think, and if you regularly decorate your kid’s lunch bag, I’d love to know how you pull it off and what motivates you to do it. You can even send pictures of your artwork and I’ll share them on TLT’s Facebook page.
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