So after the Renn Faire last night, I ate dinner with theCSO and six of our friends. Still thinking about PB's post about a Lunchables commercial, I brought up the subject to our table.
"So, y'all remember lunchables? Were they a rich kid or poor kid thing?"
FWIW, the answers came out as follows:
CC and someone else thought of them as a rich kid thing.
Two people thought of them as a poor kid thing, explaining that the rich kids bought their lunches. (Ironically, I'm almost certain school lunches would have been less expensive, which doesn't at all mean those people weren't right.)
Oddly enough, the four people who were cleanly divided on the issue all went to school in the same county within a few years of each other.
Two people were too old and were out of school when they came out.
TheCSO said they were a "lucky kid thing" because they looked better than a regular lunch. Various people around the table concurred. CC recalled, as she did on the thread following Peacebang's post, that Lunchables always looked sophisticated and adult to her when she was a child.
The last person had gone to school in a town that she described as the "Welfare Capital of Idaho" she said nobody ate lunchables because everyone got their lunches for free.
The results of the survey are pretty inconclusive, IHMO. But other aspects of the conversation interested me.
One of the more conservative people at the table (NOT CC) started a discussion about how the kids who got free and reduced price lunches got the same lunches as the kids who paid full price and that as a kid he didn't think that was fair.
Various people expressed their disagreement with various levels of enthusiasm, but it's safe to say he was alone on that one.
Everybody recalled knowing from a very young age who the rich kids were and who the poor kids were and how what you had for lunch was pretty important. Various people recalled stories of good and bad school lunches from yesteryear. CC packed her own lunch and tended to bring weird stuff like a deli carton of leftover cole slaw. One guy reported taking a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich to school every day for six years.
There was a lot of significance to that 45 minutes a day.