A baggie of apple slices. A peanut butter sandwich. That's the sort of thing that most of us put in our kids' lunchboxes. But Rob Kimmel adds a little something special. Each day he puts a sticky note with a half-drawn cartoon and a half-complete caption inside the lid of his son's lunchbox, and at lunchtime his son fills in the rest.
They started their doodle ritual back when son, Ben, was in kindergarten, and are still going strong now into second grade. Sure, not every note comes back from lunch filled in. Some days they get lost or soggy or come home blank. But when they're good, they're hilarious, and each one is such a sweet glimpse into a brief but fantastic moment this father and son share each day even though they aren't physically sitting together. And as a woman, I have to say, those little cartoons are quite an insightful glimpse into the male psyche where monsters, Ancient Egyptians, and farts are the stuff of fantasy.
Check them out at Rob's website, WanderMonster.
(images: Rob and Ben Kimmel)