My Idea Was Stolen

I have been writing these stories since July 2015—272 in all—and while I never know what I will write one day to the next, something always happens to inspire me. Today it was a trip to the supermarket which set my creative juices flowing.

While Dad was trolling the cheese aisle, I looked up and saw Lunchables, which I packed for all of you (I think all three) to bring to school a few times. They were pricey for what you got—some crackers, meat, a drink, and some kind of dessert is one example. As I perused the selections, curious about how the selections had changed since you were young,  I saw choices which I don’t recall existing back in your day: chicken nuggets, nerds, and Capri Sun; mini burgers (cold), Capri Sun, and Reece’s Pieces; pancake and bacon dippers; deep dish pepperoni pizza (again, cold) Capri Sun, and Oreos.

Then I saw the inspiration, and grabbed my camera. Kraft stole my idea!


The three of you know I immediately thought of “The Big Plate,” which was born out of desperation when I just couldn’t get to the store. It consisted of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. I think you could call it “tapas for kids.” It may be a piece of meat, a couple of slices of bananas, and some cheese. Whatever I could scrounge up in the fridge. You all loved it, and now, so does Bryce.


2 thoughts on “My Idea Was Stolen

  1. Geoff loves lunchables to take to work because he says he gets bored of sandwiches, so i started buying lunchables on weeks that there are sales and coupons. I buy them only when I can get them as low as $1. The “small plates” I have bought for him too again when there are coupons and sales. I have gotten those as low as $0.75. Once when I was in line for them a lady was just staring at it and finally asked he what that was. She said she thought they looked like lunchables for adults! I agree.


  2. Although I should have been big on couponing when you were young, I think I didn’t because I was just overwhelmed with caring for three of you. It’s cute that adults are buying them too.


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