School Memories

School lunches.

What goes through your mind first?

Just those two words conjure up all sorts of smells and memories for me. I especially remember walking into my high school cafeteria on tuna noodle casserole day. Actually, I could tell tuna casserole was on the menu long before I ever got to the cafeteria. It wafted down the hallways. And it’s not like the casserole ever tasted good. No, I dislike the smell to this day.

In fact, I used that memory in One Foot in the Grave, the first book in my Mortician’s Daughter series. Riley walks into the cafeteria of her new school and is hit by the tuna smell.

When I was in school there weren’t a lot of choices. There was usually a featured dish or a hamburger, but the hamburger tasted more like mystery meat.  Schools didn’t serve salads then. Pizza day wasn’t too bad, but back then I hadn’t had really great pizza. So I didn’t know any better.

About the only thing I really liked that was served were the chocolate oatmeal fudge cookies. I’d skip whatever food they had and just savor that cookie.

Today, a lot of the schools bring in food from fast food places. So there is more variety, but it’s probably much worse for you—and more expensive.

Thoughts of school-lunches also evoke memories of me feeling like the odd man out.  Sort of like Riley, I wasn’t a big fan of lunch period.  I had a couple of friends in school, but we didn’t share the same lunch break every year. And those years, I’d end up sitting by myself.  It was kind of odd how one can be in a room of so many people and feel completely alone.

So, when you were in school, what did you like or hate about school lunches. What food did you like, or hate?  And if you’re still in school, what do you like or hate about school lunches.


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4 thoughts on “School Memories

  1. School lunches wasn’t a great for me either until I got in high school because everyone had the same Lunch period so I could see my friends. I’ve never really felt like I belong any one place, so I to always felt like the odd ball.

    • I too felt like this but in the UK each year group (grade) would eat at the same time and if my friends were off sick or prepping for our end of school exams I would often feel pretty lonely.

  2. I love my high school lunches!!! The cooks use to make fresh biscuits muffins and shortbread used to make me so happy. Even 6 years on I often think about them and it makes me so nostalgic!!

    My high school dinners (U.K. ) were so much better than the ones I experienced in the US when I was on a foreign school trip!

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