August 16, 2011

Message in a brown bag

Lunch Bag

Yesterday was my son’s birthday. He is back in school, so I wanted to give him a little surprise by slipping a note into his lunch, telling him that I bought him a video game rental membership. When I picked him up, he didn’t mention the gift. He is not a typically ungrateful kid, so I thought that he might just have a lot on his mind and was forgetting to thank me. The conversation in the car went like this:

Me: “Did you enjoy your lunch?”

Boy: “Yeah”

Me: “Was there was anything special in it?”

Boy: “Ummm… you put a lot of napkins in the bag?”

Me: “You didn’t take the napkins out?”

Boy: “No, I didn’t need them. I threw them away.”

I should have known better! Sleeves are the napkin of choice for 12-year-old boys! Next time, I will write a note on a candy bar and stick that in his lunch. There’s no way he would miss that!



  • stacey kirk

    Silly girl! I gotta say, I do love your commentary. Our lives are so similar, in so many ways. Keep up the great “mommying”!

  • stacey kirk

    Silly girl! I gotta say, I do love your commentary. Our lives are so similar, in so many ways. Keep up the great “mommying”!

  • Nancy

    Thought you were gonna say he traded his lunch!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      That would have been even funnier!

  • Nancy

    Thought you were gonna say he traded his lunch!

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      That would have been even funnier!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYJRNCTE6XTWHECR5K3RXOXGXY Opal

    That is typical but thanks for reminding me..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYJRNCTE6XTWHECR5K3RXOXGXY Opal

    That is typical but thanks for reminding me..

  • Lynn

    They never grow out of this either…. I mailed my 30-something son a birthday card with a large check in it and he threw it away without even opening it!  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      OMG :(

    • Joan

      WOW.He threw it away knowing it was a card from you ?Yikes.

    • Dandilyn10

      I probably should have been more clear… He’s just not a birthday card kind of a guy and can’t be bothered reading them, no matter how rude I tell him that is!

  • Lynn

    They never grow out of this either…. I mailed my 30-something son a birthday card with a large check in it and he threw it away without even opening it!  

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      OMG :(

    • Joan

      WOW.He threw it away knowing it was a card from you ?Yikes.

    • Dandilyn10

      I probably should have been more clear… He’s just not a birthday card kind of a guy and can’t be bothered reading them, no matter how rude I tell him that is!

  • Evens-sue

    Very cute!!!  Did you finally tell him?

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, I ended up just telling him. No fan-fare, no surprises, but he was still very happy about it. 

  • Evens-sue

    Very cute!!!  Did you finally tell him?

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, I ended up just telling him. No fan-fare, no surprises, but he was still very happy about it. 

  • Betty

    I would put notes in theirtodays too folders and they always got the note.

  • Betty

    I would put notes in theirtodays too folders and they always got the note.

  • Susi

    That’s funny … and so typical for a boy!  So what happened when you finally told him? 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I just told him in the car. Very no-frills. :( But he was still happy about it.

  • Susi

    That’s funny … and so typical for a boy!  So what happened when you finally told him? 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      I just told him in the car. Very no-frills. :( But he was still happy about it.

  • Joan

    Very typical for a BOY.Wasteful too I must say. :(

  • Joan

    Very typical for a BOY.Wasteful too I must say. :(

  • Ladyxmess

    Very funny!  Belated birthday wishes his way :)

  • Ladyxmess

    Very funny!  Belated birthday wishes his way :)

  • Elaine6s

    HAHAHA, very funny! Was he all excited when you told him about the rental? 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, he was thrilled! He is always saving up his own money to buy video games. Most of the time, he finishes them in a couple weeks and hardly ever plays them again. Renting is a much better way to go.

  • Elaine6s

    HAHAHA, very funny! Was he all excited when you told him about the rental? 

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yes, he was thrilled! He is always saving up his own money to buy video games. Most of the time, he finishes them in a couple weeks and hardly ever plays them again. Renting is a much better way to go.

  • PEG

    Haha, Did he ever find out about the surprise??

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yeah, I told him about the note. He was concerned because he thought he may have tossed an actual gift certificate away. So he was relieved and happy to hear that he didn’t trash his gift.

  • PEG

    Haha, Did he ever find out about the surprise??

    • http://www.mybargainbuddy.com Karen Hoxmeier

      Yeah, I told him about the note. He was concerned because he thought he may have tossed an actual gift certificate away. So he was relieved and happy to hear that he didn’t trash his gift.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGW2SBZZUAVBWES44NATDRU37U Gloria

    A 12 year old boy using napkins? Banish the thought.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HGW2SBZZUAVBWES44NATDRU37U Gloria

    A 12 year old boy using napkins? Banish the thought.

  • Ellndeanrn

    Enjoy him while you can.My oldest son is 38 today and his brother will be 36 in 2 weeks exactly. I have a lot of fond memories, as this one will be for you years from now. God bless.

  • Ellndeanrn

    Enjoy him while you can.My oldest son is 38 today and his brother will be 36 in 2 weeks exactly. I have a lot of fond memories, as this one will be for you years from now. God bless.

  • M23boyz

    My 37-year old son did things like that and now I have a constant reminder of everything he did growing up;  my grandson (his son) is exactly like him (remember, the phrase “I hope you have a child just like you”) IT CAME TRUE!!!!!!!

  • M23boyz

    My 37-year old son did things like that and now I have a constant reminder of everything he did growing up;  my grandson (his son) is exactly like him (remember, the phrase “I hope you have a child just like you”) IT CAME TRUE!!!!!!!

  • andrea burns

    happy birtday again and candy bar next year !!!!!!!!!! 12 year old the girls will come a calling.  i was so boy crazy at 12 !!!!!!!!!

  • andrea burns

    happy birtday again and candy bar next year !!!!!!!!!! 12 year old the girls will come a calling.  i was so boy crazy at 12 !!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy that you told him about his gift. I bet he was really happy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy that you told him about his gift. I bet he was really happy.

  • Tanya

    LOL A kid use napkins? No way. Happy Birthday to your son. Mine was yesterday too.

  • Tanya

    LOL A kid use napkins? No way. Happy Birthday to your son. Mine was yesterday too.

  • Suzkaye1121

    That was such a cute story…thanks for sharing.  I raised 3 sons & now I have 3 school age grandsons.  It brought back such great memories of my boys!

  • Suzkaye1121

    That was such a cute story…thanks for sharing.  I raised 3 sons & now I have 3 school age grandsons.  It brought back such great memories of my boys!

  • Christine

    lol Karen.  My son would do the same.  Happy Birthday to yours.  Hugs

  • Christine

    lol Karen.  My son would do the same.  Happy Birthday to yours.  Hugs

  • Bombaybrutus426

    Happy Birthday to the Acrobat Kid!

  • Bombaybrutus426

    Happy Birthday to the Acrobat Kid!

  • GenesisV

    This story makes me so sad, when I was in elemtary school my mom wanted to give me a treat and put a hershey candy bar between the napkins for me and it got thrown away because I didnt expect candy to be there since we didnt get it much!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!

  • GenesisV

    This story makes me so sad, when I was in elemtary school my mom wanted to give me a treat and put a hershey candy bar between the napkins for me and it got thrown away because I didnt expect candy to be there since we didnt get it much!!!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!!

  • Spaggie

    Man, that made me laugh!  My boy (17 now) did something similiar a few years ago. Hope he enjoyed his gift!

  • Spaggie

    Man, that made me laugh!  My boy (17 now) did something similiar a few years ago. Hope he enjoyed his gift!

  • http://www.facebook.com/missannmcd Ann McDonald

    ROFl! I have 3 boys and I do know what you mean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missannmcd Ann McDonald

    ROFl! I have 3 boys and I do know what you mean.

  • http://www.facebook.com/missannmcd Ann McDonald

    ROFl! I have 3 boys and I do know what you mean.

  • Lynnmnobile

    I love this story!  I’m always trying out new ideas to make my kids feel special on their b-day’s & “just because”.  I think your readers would enjoy checking out “free birthday deals” on http://www.morewithlesstoday.com


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