Dear Lunch Lady,

You had an opportunity and you blew it. On the third day of school. I don’t know if you realize what happened, but you should have. My son is at a new school this year, with new rules, new routines, new teachers and plenty of anxiety. You had the opportunity to help him settle in, to let him know the school is a place where people care about him. But instead you taught him something very different.

He came to your lunch line and told you he left his ID and check to add money to his lunch account in his classroom. On the third day of school. At a new school. With new rules, routines and teachers. You made him wait until all the other students had gone through the line. And then you only allowed him a cheese sandwich and milk since there wasn’t enough money in his account for his lunch.

Shame on you.

You could have allowed him to go get his money and ID. You could have told him he had to go to the office to be allowed back in the classroom. You could have talked to his teacher. You could have treated him with respect and understanding. On the third day of school. At a new school. With new rules, routines and teachers.

But you did not. Shame on you.

You did not teach him to remember his ID or check. You taught him that the adults at his new school are mean and don’t care about him. You taught him that he can’t depend on them. That’s what he heard and that makes me sad.

I hope when you are in a bind, someone shows you more respect and understanding than you showed to my son. On the third day of school. At a new school. With new rules, routines and teachers.

Sincerely,

His Mom

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