The Brown Bag Lunch

Each morning, I make a bag lunch for my high school son. It’s a routine I have done for my kids for…well, twenty years now. And every single morning, I am poignantly aware that I won’t be doing this much longer. My son is sixteen…nearly half-way through high school.

For years, making four lunches in the morning was quite a feat. It really took a lot of planning to make sure I had enough stuff for four lunches! Every single day.

One time, three kids stayed with us while their parents were away and I had to keep running to the store to re-supply. Just for those lunches!

So when I pull out one brown bag, it never fails to remind me that the empty nest is ahead of me, getting close.

On the flip side, it is really easy to make a good lunch for my son when I only have to make one. In fact, he has incredible lunches. Whole Food kind of lunches.

Poetic justice, it seems, for the youngest child.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Anonymous says:

    That is SO unfair!

  2. Lily Ann says:

    I always packed the girls’ lunch too. I also become teary eyed when I realized the final day had come to pack one of my “world famous lunches”! I still have bags left over and when I see them,there is a small tug on my heart. Now, I get to buy them dinner when I visit them in college–my, my, how it changes!!