A sample text widget

Etiam pulvinar consectetur dolor sed malesuada. Ut convallis euismod dolor nec pretium. Nunc ut tristique massa.

Nam sodales mi vitae dolor ullamcorper et vulputate enim accumsan. Morbi orci magna, tincidunt vitae molestie nec, molestie at mi. Nulla nulla lorem, suscipit in posuere in, interdum non magna.

“Packed lunch” trauma

The other day, I was having a conversation with some friends that took me back in the day in Memoire style. We were talking about the packed lunch trauma that those of us whose parents could not afford to buy “hot lunch” or swing you money for chips in primary school underwent (another devastating one was wearing a home-knitted sweater, thankfully my mother could not knit :-)).

See packed lunch for many us did not involve cute deli sandwiches with a ka-fruit etc. packed lunch was leftovers, so if guys had githeri or ugali for dinner that was your packed lunch. Sometimes there were some weird but popular with the group combos like rice and baked beans, but I still remember some dodgy combos especially when things were tight with the domestic budget that made it straight to the dustbin because I didn’t want to look uncool (kids are mean, what can I say). To make matters worse it was in a ka-flask typically with the carb (e.g. rice) on the bottom and the stew on the top, then you had to find a way to extract both from the flask in a non-messy way. Remember those?

I had the double “tragedy” of those flasks with a glass interior, which on top of being way uncool were so easy to break, and so you had to spend a lot of time protecting it lest you face the wrath of your mother who would not cease to remind you just how expensive the flask that you destroyed was (and to drive home the point subject you to cold packed lunch until she could ostensibly afford a new flask). Oh one more thing, at my primary school most of the students were in the school lunch/chips buying variety so even more trauma. The only cool thing about packed lunch for me was that I had an A-team lunch box that my mum had picked up at those auctions that expats who are leaving have in Kenya.

By standard five, I came to the conclusion that the situation was no longer tenable (with the onset of pre-teen angst and all). Unbeknown to my folks, I’d been relying on scrounged money (like when a rela slides you a twenty-bob) to break up the monotony as often as I could (much to the joy of the birds who fed on my packed lunch) but that could only go so far. So I negotiated a deal with my Swa teacher. See teachers at my school could get hot lunch at a very discounted rate and the amount they got was sufficient for me and my small sis. I convinced the teacher to get the lunch for us (she used to have to smuggle it to me, since that was a big no-no) and then convinced my parents that the plan was affordable + and we got to eat healthy food (they had began to suspect that the packed lunch never made it to our stomachs).

Anyway, just thought I’d share….any packed lunch stories of your own? combos you dreaded? Please drop a comment.

And for those of you who are wondering why I haven’t blogged about the latest outrage by Kenyan MPs. It’s become a case of same shit, different day and I really have nothing more to say.

43 comments to “Packed lunch” trauma

  • Congrats on your Kaybee!! funny enough i did envy the packed lunchers and the chips for lunch crew. I had to contend with eating in the DH in primo and trust me that food was just nasty. So my buddies and I kinda singled out the packed lunchers who had the nicest food and immediately after passing through the DH we would ambush them at their fav lunch spot and wait for the leftovers shamelessly :smile:

  • Ha!
    These days in the U.S., it’s the poor saps with parents too lazy to pack them a lunch who suffer eating the ‘food’ made in the school lunch room. I’m not sure if leftover ugali would be better or worse than a cafeteria “burrito”. Maybe a little worse, only because there’s no way it could still be warm by the time you ate it.

    Take care!

    United States
    (formerly of Congo-Brazzaville [where they make fufu]
    and Malawi [where it’s not ugali but nsima])

  • Thanks for the memories.I had one of them Thermos Flasks and I was so careful with it that it lasted for 8 years after I cleared school!I remember mboff lunches like gith and also fries that would be fresh in the morning but by lunchtime would be rubber!As for our MPs at times I too am lost for words!

  • I must admit i was one of those kids with a home knitted sweater and yes i was a techer’s kid which wasn’t funny, the packed lunch with my mom while pals have gone for coolies life ….
    or at times home made fries … the trauma wxplains alot of things now that i think back

  • bankelele

    I did everything from hot lunch (which turned out to be expensive junk) to carrying sandwiches & thermoses. As Chris Rock says kids can be cruel – and woe to anyone who dared to carry ugali to school (you ate in isolation ) . I also broke so many flasks, it was not funny, and the penalty was some cold sandwiches (which drove the hawks crazy and their dives more daring) . Now I understand sacrifices and stress i put my mum through.

  • Mitzy

    Oh my! I can remember the hawks that would dive for the hotdogs and meat pies right after you’ve bought them! Its weird how they would be flying all over the school at 12:45 sharp! Just like Bankelele, I broke enough flasks…a sharp pain would pierce through my heart whenever the thing shuttered (always broke while in my backpack). LOL @ baked beans and rice and rubbery cold fries. The lunchtime negotiations & food trading amongst the kids in my primo (name withheld) was priceless!

  • msaniixl

    I leaved and died hot lunch which was off the chains now that i think of it…

    Fries na kanyake, chapatia na dengu..rice na cabbage..na ka matunda fter lunch..memories

  • Mimi

    Ory- negotiated hot lunch very appreciated by your small sis! I still remember the RED flask and juice bottles! Infact, there were to cool and not so cool juice bottles… Remember the juice packs when things were not thick (I forget the name but it was orange juice in a green pack) Good times…good times!

  • After I broke my first flask on the day it was bought, that was the end of flasks for me. I was the kid with the soccer ball so at lunch, someone else would always grab my bag to take out the ball and I would find it tossed somewhere in the middle of the field (I seriously miss those lunch time soccer games, 8 teams, maybe 5 to 6 ball, 4 goalies to a side but NO-ONE would ever kick a ball belonging to another game (class).

    Then I remember when this one girl decided she wanted to play soccer with the boys at lunch and she did. That was quite an event since she had to beat someone up in the process.

    I run the gamut from packed lunches to sandwiches to to lining up at the tuck shop (good old HHS, we are the best!!!) to having lunch brought to us at lunch tim e(yes!!) but my parents drew the line at hot lunch. How I envied those kids, it is interesting to hear that those same kids were envying us at the tuck shop.

    I have to be real though, like Acolyte, I went though some seriously mboof lunches including gith and mchele with peas & carrots mixed in it (which I still HATE until today) .

  • Ms K

    Remember when yourfood would have gadaad (gone stale) and you’d have to deal with the derision and mockery AND hunger cos of course you didn’t have money! Trauma!!

    Hey, was wondering if you have a copy of the sexual offences bill?

    Trauma indeed! Don’t have a soft copy will drop you a line once I locate one.

  • Osas

    The draft bill is online, though maybe the version is a couple of weeks dated. Its whatabouts have been extensively explained -but NOT in the lying and ignorant media, rather in the blogosphere and some other cyber discussion venues.


    Osas, please post the link if you can. Thanks!

  • hawks at lunch time! now that takes me back to HHS where we would sit under trees/or near the hedge to avoid the dive bomb runs. although it was quite cool to flick bits of food and watch them dive down to scoop it up. very cool.

  • Osas

    have emailed you. Bill text now also available in a second location. Atrocious. The British emergecy laws were not as bad and brutal as this monstrous fantasy of very warped minds.


  • M

    I remember trying to carry soda in one of those thick plastic juice bottles that would swell up and then start leaking ….

  • KM

    Tihihihi, Nice one.

    Me, I was with the knitted sweater. My mama could not knit, but my mama’s best fren could. Ma, then its those heavy sweaters with bumps ati for design, and you know that is so not from a shop.

    Lunch? Ah! where to start? Besides the fact that my mama made me carry an egg regardless of what was packed…arrrrghed. Evne if it was like rice, it came with an egg regardless!!!
    Hmmmph, me githeri nothin!! I refused. I would rather starve than take githeri to school. Kwanza I would cry in the morning till mathe sare’d

    But Cool post. Great memories there

  • continuously i used to read smaller posts which also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading at this time.

  • It’s difficult to find well-informed people about this subject, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  • You are so interesting! I do not think I’ve truly read anything like this before. So wonderful to discover somebody with a few genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. many thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is required on the web, someone with a little originality!

  • こんにちはで作業あなたがしているホスティング会社のウェブホストあなたが気になります私はどれを知らせる? ブラウザ|私は3異なる完全に異なるであなたのブログをロードしていると私はこのブログが多くのことを速くロードすると言わなければならない、最も。良いウェブホスティング|あなたはをお勧め示唆するな価格合理的公正、正直でプロバイダに? ありがとうござい、私はそれを感謝!
    クロムハーツ ナイロン http://pedrazzi.brinkster.net/cache/chrome-hearts/20141103192153-92px.html

  • Perchè se è vero che il diavolo veste Prada, i figli delle Star hollywoodiane lo battono 10 a zero: loro vestono non solo Prada, ma anche Chanel, Givenchy, Versace e Gucci!

  • Primavera, tempo didecluttering. Eliminare il superfluo, fare ordine e sentirsi meglio. La stagione è propizia, il cambio di stagione per gli abiti obbligatorio e fare spazio è un toccasana dell’umore ormai sperimentato. Vedere l’armadio o la cabina guardaroba in ordine è davvero salutare perché ci libera del passato e ci fa vivere meglio il presente. Il distacco dagli oggetti che evocano ricordi non piacevoli è, quando riusciamo a farlo, davvero una liberazione, mentre quelle cose che appartengono al passato possono restare nelle nostre case purchè non diventino una zavorra magari piena di polvere. Ammessi insomma nell’arte dello space clearing solo i ricordi davvero importanti, per tutti gli altri basta il pensiero.

  • Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  • That the shrill voice of diva could break glasses,
    is an aged saying to actually express the sharpness in the voice quality
    of the vocalists.

  • It’s hard to come by experienced people in this particular topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re
    talking about! Thanks

  • That is actually, at the very least for a minimal quantity of time-the
    long-run provide of bitcoin is actually presently
    covered at 21M units.

  • The exclusive trick (similar to an ATM PIN) is meant to be a defended secret,
    as well as simply utilized to authorize Bitcoin transmissions.

  • This is vital unsecured loans lenders because the
    invoices to them act as collateral.

    Here is my blog post … unsecured loan rates
    comparison [Christel]

  • My site diamonds lyrics ben howard, Jenni,

  • So soon after the absolutely free month it will expense
    $79 per month for 6 or 7 months, then free of charge for life after that.

    My blog: Felicitas

  • The Venus Factor cookbook is a 155 pages manual inpdf style which contains over One HUNDRED recipes.

    Stop byy my web page … Lily

  • Partez en voyage a Ho Chi Min a la decouverte de ses maisons coloniales, symboles de la
    richesse culturelle de cette ville autrefois appelee Saigon.

  • The turbulence training review (Nicolas) Training workouts are 45 mins to 1 hr in length because they utilize super-sets, circuits as well as interval training.

  • It’s enormous that you are getting ideas from this paragraph as well as from our argument made at this place.

  • For any query that you may have about this internet site you can constantly really feel absolutely
    free to contact us via the speak to web page.

    My web page forum.jquery.com

  • Feel free to visit my web site … online pharmacy,

  • Hello there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.

  • Fascinating blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your theme. With thanks

  • Hey there! I’m about to start my own blog and was wondering if you know where the best place to acquire a website url is? I’m not even sure if that’s what its called? (I’m new to this) I’m referring to “”. Exactly how do I go about getting one of these for the website I’m creating? Cheers

  • Hey, I’m new to running a blog and internet sites in general and was wondering how you got the “www” included in your web address name? I see your domain, “” has the www and my web address looks like, “http://mydomain.com”. Do you know exactly how I can alter this? I’m using WordPress. Thank you very much

  • I notice in the weight loss information on this web-site that getting as well significantly protein can stall your weight loss.

    my blog https://www.drupal.org/u/janetfitness

  • magnificent put up, very informative. I ponder why the opposite experts
    of this sector don’t notice this. You should proceed your writing.
    I’m sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!