Yesterday was the first "Pizza Day" of the school year, and Will's first one ever. I didn't pay it much mind - Will loves pizza, so I figured he'd enjoy the special treat. Ha. Goes to show what I know.
When I got home and pulled out his school folder, I found a note from his teacher inside.
Dear Mrs. A,
Just wanted to let you know that Will was very upset at lunch today. When I got back from my lunch he was crying/sobbing because he did not have his lunch bag. The lunch monitor gave him his pizza and explained that it was his 'special' lunch - but he didn't want to eat it. I gave him a cuddle and comforted him until he settled down and then I was able to get him to sit at a table with me and he ate his pizza after the other children had gone outside. I reassured him that he would have his lunch bag back tomorrow.
I guess it's important to consider how the world looks through the eyes of a four-year-old. As far as he is concerned, for the last two and a half months, his little Hot Wheels lunch bag has been the one thing that doesn't change, no matter what. The occasional supply teacher, different activities, a new "Student of the Day" each morning -- kindergarten is a crazy place, full of new experiences every day. Is it any wonder a little guy would latch on to the one constant thing in his days, and miss it when it wasn't there?
Poor little man. Oh dear.