Did you carry a Lunch box as a kid?

United States
November 9, 2007 9:44am CST
I just saw an ad up top of the page for a Vintage Bonanza Thermos. LOL It took me back to grade school and made me think about the ones I used to carry. My first lunch box was Stawberry Shortcake, matching thermos. Then I got a Muppets themed box and thermos, then I got a Dukes of Hazzard one. By the time I got to Jr High, my mother bought me a tupperware lunch box. Couldnt have a themed lunch box in 6th grade!!! LOL And I just couldnt fathom carrying a brown paper bag, although my mother tried that one. I guess they are not so popular now, Im not really sure. So when you were a kid taking your lunch to school, what did you carry it in? Bay Lay Gray xx
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@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
9 Nov 07
Oh yup-what a blast from the past to remember that. You're talking about those metal ones? Yup, every fall when I'd be getting ready for the school term my mom would buy a new lunch box for me, complete with a thermos. Can't for the life of me remember what characters I used to have on them..probably somewhere down the line I must have had something like a Barbie character one, and maybe a few Disney type characters on them
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
9 Nov 07
Hmm, we didn't have a lunch box :( becuase we were having lunch in school, I mean in cafeteria, they were cooking for us. And just ther things like cookies and fruits I just carry in plastic bag and everything had in the bagpack. So not like you guys.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Laurika, We could do that too, but I didnt want to eat that food. LOL I wanted to eat the food from my own house. The food my school served was blah. I remember it. And they always gave us those cartons of milk that just tasted like the paper carton it was in. Or whatever that stuff was made of. haha Bay xx
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
10 Nov 07
wasn't you spoiled a little bit? (just kidding) ours was really tasty. I would eat there on weekends too, if I can.
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• United States
11 Nov 07
LMFAO!!!! Spoiled, a little bit??? I was spoiled all the way around girl! Thats what my problem is to this day. Im still spoiled. I guess thats why I really dont want to grow up, haha Bay xx
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• United States
13 Nov 07
I did not have a lunch box when I was a child. We used small brown paper bags. Oh how I envied the children who had a lunch box. We would try to save the lunch sacks and reuse them as many days as possible. Sometimes I could go a whole week if I was very careful and made sure that nothing spilled on the sack. I would fold it up carefully after each meal and place it between the pages of my heaviest book, as I found that this kept it safe. I am hoping that one day I will be able to provide a lunch box for each of my children. Then I will know that I truly am a success as a parent.
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• United States
14 Nov 07
I find myself doing this now, saving things like that. hehe I sure hope you dont think your sucess as a parent is measured by that!! Are you serious? Bay xx
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• United States
14 Nov 07
Yes, I am serious. I have many children, and to be able to do such a thing would be quite a feat. I am sorry if the sharing of my dream has made you uncomfortable. I try to be a humble person, but to be able to do such a thing would mean a lot to me. I hope that it wouldn't belittle others to see all of my children with their own lunch boxes.
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• United States
14 Nov 07
No reason to be sorry, I apologise for asking. Have a good day. Bay xx
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
10 Nov 07
Hmmm. I remember my E.T. lunchbox. It was one of those metal ones, and I remember it so well because it broke my nose. My grandmother was taking me to school because the weather was very bad and I said if I had to walk I wouldn't go, and we hit a patch of black ice and spun out, and my lunchbox which had been on my lap hit me in the face. Broken nose... oww. I can't even watch E.T. without thinking about it now. The other ones I remember having were Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one was my favorite I think.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Oh dear, and here I have stirred up this memory for you once again, had I known I wouldnt have said a word! ;o) Thats crazy Lecanis, Im so sorry that happened to you!! I broke my arm riding a Green Machine when I was like 4 or 5 yrs old. I dont remember which. Do you remember those? lol I dont remember how I did it, but I did. Kept slipping the cast off my arm cos my arm shrunk. Drove my mom crazy taking it off all the time. lol I think my Dukes of Hazzard was my fave. I just loved the Duke Boys, Bo and Luke. This is too funny, lol what memories. Unfortunately for you good and bad. Bless your heart. Bay xx
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
10 Nov 07
Haha, no worries, I laugh about that story all the time. It WAS funny, completely ridiculous that my stupid lunchbox would break my nose. Only I would have that kind of luck. :P Hehe, Dukes of Hazzards ones were rather popular around my area I think, but I was really so much more into the cartoons. The Transformers and the Turtles were like my two favorite ones of all, I had soooo many of the toys and stuff (largely stolen from my brother). ;P
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Well at least you can laugh about it now. Cos Im so sure you were not laughing about it then! I must say I dont think I have ever heard of a kid breaking thier nose with their lunch box, at least not their own! Bay xx
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• Philippines
21 Nov 07
I carried a lunch box when I was a kid. I remembered that it was a orange rectangular lunch box. The brand was still tupperware.. hehehe
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• United States
21 Nov 07
Hi Chemicalh, Yep thats what my tupperware box was too, but it was brown, and it had a plastic handle that fit around it so I could carry it. And it had little containers that went with it so keep food in, like a sandwhich box and then a couple of small round containers. Thanks for stopping by! Bay xx
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
25 Nov 07
Hey Bay - you know that lunch box doubled as an ice cream storer? It fit a half-gallon box of ice cream.
@sophylline (1042)
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
Hi Bay(= Cute topic. It makes me reminisce the past. For some reason I only remember very vividly my lunchbox when I was in fourth grade. I had the bugs bunny lunchbox with thermos. I can't remember what kind my lunchboxes prior to that. Then, I think I started with the paper bag in fifth grade. Hmmm. My memory is quite disappointing me.
• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Sophylline, Yeah it didnt all come back to me at once, I had to think on it a moment. LOL Its been a long time ago! 6th grade was when I started with the brown bags or the tupperware thing my mom bought me. It was a little too embarassing to carry a themed lunch box at that age. lol Bay xx
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• Philippines
15 Nov 07
LOL Yeah, I agree it's been a really long time ago! Hahaha. 5th or 6th grade, I think is just right to change from themed lunchbox to a more "serious" type of lunch pack or container. Taking a themed lunchbox to school beyond 6th grade seems odd. (laughs)
@SViswan (12072)
• India
10 Nov 07
When I was studying at Kuwait, we didn't have to take a lunchbox to school..maybe snacks if we wanted to. School started early and we were back home by lunchtime and we would have a hot lunch at home. When we moved to India, I had to take a lunchbox to school and I HATED it! My aunt would pack a hot lunch in the morning for me but it was cold when I got to school and I didn't like eating from a small box. I was glad when we moved back to Kuwait again. Now, we have settled in India...but my son gets a hot lunch from school. So, I don't have to pack a lunch for him either.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi SViswan, Yeah I hated when my hot food got cold. I mostly got sandwhiches and chips for my lunch. If I had soup or something my mom would put it in the thermos to keep it hot, or if it was something col it would keep it cold. I like taking my lunch, I really hated eating in our cafeteria at school, the food was horrible!! Does your son say he likes the food they serve? Bay xx
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
12 Nov 07
Lunch box - Nutritious home cooked food for school
My son doesn't complain about the food at school..the only problem now is that he refuses to eat food from home. But I had no other option. I had a baby last year and it's difficult to get up early and cook now. I used to send him rice,dal (which is a gravy made of pulses) and 2 vegetable dishes. I also had to send him a snack for 10 a.m. which was mostly a sandwich or sprouts, peanuts, fruit. But it's too much to pack all that in the morning and it's a lot less for him to carry now.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I remember having a lunchbox and thermos... But have no clue what was on it!!! I mostly remember brown-baggin' it though. With 4 kids in school, lunch boxes were kinda expensive... My kids had Denver Bronco lunchboxes though - and I think I still have them somewhere...
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
17 Nov 07
It would be my luck that we gave it to the church over the last couple years... We're trying to get rid of junk (it's not working) and sometimes stuff goes out the door that really shouldn't... I'll have to look for it next week....
• United States
21 Nov 07
I had a Strawberry Shortcake lunchbox with matching Thermos. I also had a Care Bears lunchbox/Thermos, Smurfs lunchbox/thermos and a Ninja Turtles lunchbox/Thermos. What those would be worth in a few years, who knows, but I wish I would have kept them. They were the metal ones with the clasp on the front and the handle. I'm sure now they'd be outlawed as they were metal and can be used as a weapon.
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• United States
21 Nov 07
Hi Unselfish, Wow! You have quite a few of them! Yeah they started making them plastic after awhile, I guess they did see that the metal could really mess someone up if used that way. I remember a couple of mine being metal and then turning to plastic. I really havent looked to see if they even still sell them. I would imagine they would. I dont have any kids so I have no need to shop for them. lol Bay xx
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• India
21 Nov 07
yes i did, i used to break my luch boxes to buy new ones :) .... my mom punished me by wrapping my lunch in banana leaves, and she said that was the way she took luch to school... Regards Harry
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• United States
21 Nov 07
LOL thats really funny Harry!! Im guessing your mom didnt think it was too funny! Ive heard of people cooking things in banana leaves, but taking your lunch in them, thats pretty unique! Bay xx
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• Germany
21 Nov 07
wow its been a long time since I have been here, ok since I have a child in school I see what they bring. The younger kids bring these "boxes" that are more like insulated cloth things that resemble what would happen if a thermos/backpack and lunch box mated lol. So sorta the same. For me I LOVE bento boxes which is a Japanese thing and sooo cool. Can we put links? Well check it out. http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/virtual/bento/bento07.html
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• United States
21 Nov 07
Hi Kyttie!!! Hugs!! Now that is taking your lunch in style girl! I think someone else put up a pic of the hello kittie one, with the chop sticks and the bag to carry them in. Thats really neat. I want one!! lol Just to have! Im going to have to remember that, thanks for the link! Bay xx
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
17 Nov 07
I can't clearly remember what themes my lunchboxes had. I think that maybe I had a Starsky and Hutch lunchbox once. I think my niece had a Strawberry Shortcake one. I'll have to go back and look at your profile to see if you are the same age as her. What I do remember is the smell of spoiled milk that would begin to come from it after a while. I don't know...I guess my thermoses had leakage problems, or maybe I was a bit clumsy. Tupperware luncbox huh? Did your mom make you sign a contract to bring it back, like in that commercial?? By the way...I love the quote on your profile! ;-)
@Ophelia (88)
• United States
15 Nov 07
when I was younger yes. And I could not tell you what was on the outside- I don't remember. lol But as I got older... middle school into high school, I was packing my lunch in a brown paper sack. That way I could throw it away when I was done and not worry about saving the container. Then I stopped bringing my lunch altogether and bought sweet tea and bagels and pizza everyday! *laughing*
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• United States
15 Nov 07
Hi Ophelia, Yeah when I got out of Jr High, brown bags werent so bad. lol I didnt like having to think about it while in HS either, half the time I spent my lunch money on other things. lol Plus we could go off campus and get something to eat, or we just rode around town. Bay xx
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• India
12 Nov 07
No.. It is the practice in my school, to provide lunch to their children. If some parents who do wish to give their kids their own food, it is agreed by the school authorities, provided the parents must bring the lunch bags during the lunch session and feed the children. Reason is the kids must not be burdened with carrying additional weights. Take care Bay:)
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• United States
12 Nov 07
Hello Saivenkaat, Thats interesting, Ive read a few other posts that said that as well, that they didnt want the burden of carrying extra things. I guess I didnt mind! I loved my lunch box, as silly as that might sound. Sort of the little things in life that make someone happy, and children seem to be the easiest to please. :) Take Care Bay xx
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@pinay81 (1538)
• Philippines
10 Nov 07
yeah when i was a kid my dad bought for me because they said its better to bring my own food than to buy in my school canteen or outside the school its a color pink w/ a cartoon character there is a tumbler inside and sandwich box w/ a pair of small umbrella and a whistle hehe:-)
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Pinay, Well I dont remember having all that extra stuff! lol How neat. My mom put my sandwich and chips in a sandwhich bag and besides my thermos we didnt get any toys to play with. That was a really good idea though. Or did it keep you from eating your lunch? hehe Bay xx
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Bay No I didnt carry a lunch box Im sorry to had to carry a brown lunch bag. I was so embarrased too. My mom said she didnt have the money to get me one!LOL And all my friends carried a cool lunchbox except me! sad face!
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Aww Terry!! Im so sorry! I carried a brown bag a few times, but that didnt go over too well. So my mom got me the tupperware thingy. lol Kids can be so sweet but also be so cruel. Now that Im older, there really is nothing wrong with it. I will carry my lunch in a Wal-Mart bag if I have too! lol Bay xx
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Yes. But after awhile I started to carry lunch bags, or if I did bring soup it was usually in a thermos. (Mind you, the thermos was in three bags put together.)
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Glitter, Yeah it would have to be! LoL they were pretty heavy anyway, not too mention with something in it. I didnt mind the lunch bag as I got older, but when I was still in elementary and jr high, I really hated it. Mostly because hardly any kids did it. I didnt want to be the odd ball. lol Bay xx
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• Saudi Arabia
10 Nov 07
Hiya oh I'd completely forgotten abotuthe lunch boxes..lol. My first one was freebie from hardees, i loved the dark orange brown colour, I really loved it and used in first grade. Then i had a My little Pony! lol oh and i wasnt that fond of the cartoon cept it was pink and that dominated my choice! I used to carry homemade sandwiches and a small carton of juice and another one of chocolate flavoured milk! hehe I stopped carrying lunch boxes in the 7 th grade when i started buying lunch or just carrying it in my book bag...lunch boxes were for babies!
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Enigmatic, lol I honestly dont remember Hardees lunchboxes! Cool! Time frames are lapping on me here, I remember My Little Pony but Im not sure I was still a kid then. Been too long ago. Right the older you got the carrying your lunch thing was for the younger grades. You were trying to be so cool then, lol what memories!! Bay xx
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• Singapore
10 Nov 07
Oh yes, I did. When I was a weeny kiddie (real weeny), I brought a lunch box with me to school. But subsequently I grew "older" and it seems too childish to carry one. All the other kids seem to buy their food at the school canteen. And so I begged moma to let me buy food at the canteen too. It probably became that way since grade 3. Can't be sure though since memory has turned fuzzy over the years. :P
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Lordwarwizard, I have noticed that people from other countries have mostly said they stopped at about grade 3 with the lunch and bought it from the canteen, thats really interesting. I didnt start getting money to carry to school with me until I was in High School! I really didnt want to eat that food anyway, it wasnt all that tasty. Really bland like it had no seasoning too it. lol What kind of foods did they sell in the canteen at your school? Bay xx
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@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
10 Nov 07
Yup I probably had about two through elementary school but for the life of me I cannot remember what was on my lunch box.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Hi Dreamy, I had to think on it a moment, so maybe it will come back to you. You know, one day next week while your not myLotting it will hit you. LOL If so, come back and tell us about it! Bay xx
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