Sassy meatloaf. That’s what they were serving today at the school I work at. Cafeteria food at a high school is gross enough, why do they have to make it grosser by calling it weird names? Last week they served ‘chicken nuggets with real chicken’. Now, wait a second. You serve chicken nuggets virtually every day. The fact that you are pointing out that’s it’s real this time makes me incredibly nervous. How difficult is it to serve sandwiches and salads instead of sassy meatloaf and fake chicken nuggets?
And what about these poor kids’ health? I have a message from a parent today who wants me to talk to her daughter about her eating habits. She is concerned she is eating too much junk food in the school cafeteria. My first instinct, which I often try to repress unless they ask, was to give parenting advice: stop giving her money for food and have her bring a bag lunch. But I stopped myself thinking some of these parents work two jobs and don’t have time to make lunch for their kids (heaven forbid the kid should have to make a lunch herself). The mother actually suggested I observe her daughter eating and report back to her. Do I look like a detective? Sassy meatloaf. That’s what she’s eating. But I can’t guarantee there’s any meat in it.