We celebrated Randy’s _th birthday party up to the wee hours last night, thus I woke up late. With just about an hour before Raviv has to leave for school, I readied his bag and realized he does not have baon! Well, we actually have food, and I considered the following but:
- Quaker Oaties Cookies – remember my post on Raviv’s 1st day at school? Well, this was already his baon. I didn’t want him to repeat his baon so soon.
- Cupcakes I baked for Randy’s birthday – they’re sweet. Enough said.
- Marie Biscuits/MY San Graham Crackers – ay, 3rd day pa nga lang “generic” na agad ang baon ni Raviv.
- Granola bars – healthy, yes, but Raviv had a granola bar on his second day at school. So this is a no-no. Tooooooo soon for a repeat!
I swore to myself Raviv would have healthy baon all the time.
I was getting desperate and then I saw raw saging na saba and camote on our bar counter. I checked the time and figured that if I don’t take a bath, I could still cook them and Raviv won’t be late for school. I quickly peeled the camote and banana, and fried them.
As I placed the camote and banana in Raviv’s feeding set, I remembered that, as a child, I hated the camote + banana combo as my school baon from pre-school up to elementary. Not that I disliked fried banana (though I disliked camote), but because to me it’s baduy. Parang nakakahiyang ibaon sa school. And then I shrugged it off quickly, as I realized Raviv is too young to care about such nonsense. I also believe that his teachers would mentally give me a thumbs-up for giving him home-cooked, healthy baon. But still, I could not shake off the thought that the other kids’ nannies would think my son’s baon was baduy (alam n’yo naman ang ibang mga yaya minsan, mas mapintas pa). But then I imagined how a conversation between a yaya and a mom would go:
Yaya, smirking : Ma’am, yung baon ng kaklase ni [child’s name], ‘yung Raviv, pritong saging at camote lang!
Mom: Laging ganon?
Yaya, smirk being wiped off her face: Ay hindi naman po. Nung una, Kwaker Uts (joke–Quaker Oats! hehe, peace) na cookies, tapos ‘yung sunod ‘yung ano naman, ‘yung, ano ba ‘yun? Basta parang cereal na pinagdikit-dikit.
And then the mom would realize either of the following that this boy Raviv’s mom is a good mom for taking time and effort to make sure that Raviv’s baon is always healthy, and would Google me and want to meet me so my good parenting skills would rub off her…
Chos! Hihihi, yes, that’s how active my imagination is. All of those thoughts, just while I was laying down the pritong saba and pritong camote in Raviv’s feeding set.
Anyway, when we fetched Raviv, Yaya Isay reported to me that Raviv finished off all of his baon, and that his teacher gasped at how good his appetite is. Yaya Isay even imitated how Raviv ate his pritong saging with two hands quickly (with matching facil expression and sound effects). It made my day, and affirmed my effort to hold out on processed sweet snacks.
‘Pag may muwang ka na anak at conscious na kung ano’ng baon ang baduy, I promise I won’t have you bring pritong saging & camote at school. But I also promise a plate will wait for you at home where you can eat without a care in the world that you love baduy merienda. 🙂