When my husband and I were first married, he would leave me a trail of Post-It notes throughout the house on occassion. Each one would have a different message, one on the bathroom mirror would read 'yep, you're pretty' while one on the cereal box read 'love you more than Lucky Charms.' I have kept them all, and occassionally one will pop out of nowhere. I was reaching into a kitchen drawer yesterday when I found one that read 'I miss you.' How a little love note managed to travel from our first apartment in Utah through seven different apartments and across seven states and into a kitchen drawer in Indiana is beyond me, but I'm glad it did.
Whenever I leave town I do my best to leave Addie little love notes. I'll either mail them to her the day I leave (what kid doesn't love getting mail?) or I'll tuck them into her pillow or backpack. While she takes lunch at school most days, I always tuck a note in with her lunch on the days she takes her own. Sometime's they're just jokes, othertimes they're drawings and oftentimes they're notes letting her know that I'm thinking about her. I have one friend who found a lunchbox with a dry erase board in it and everyday he draws his kid epic sketches of favorite characters or stories. He's known as "The Lunchbox Guy" at school and has gained quite a following.
Had I been the kid with the dad famous for his cool drawings I would have felt pretty special.
I've seen some parents draw notes on brown paper lunch sacks, I've seen others make elaborate bento lunches with hearts and hidden messages. I prefer to stick with the classic square note paper. Last week when I was gathering up laundry in Addie's room I found a stockpile of notes I have written to her over the years, notes she didn't throw away with the rest of her lunch. Notes she kept safe and carried back home to save.
Who knows, maybe they'll follow her forever just as my treasured love notes from my husband have.
Do you ever leave your kids love notes in their lunchbox or backpack?