My mom worked, so we had to buy lunch. She wasn’t going to pack lunches. I was picky, and I always wanted to pack. I had friends who packed, but we had to buy lunch. They had chili con carne. I’m not sure exactly what it was—probably tomato sauce, macaroni noodles, and hamburger. I liked that. I was hungry so I ate it. After having it for all of those years, I ended up liking it. We always had French bread with it—oblong and hard, even if it wasn’t crusty, and we put a slab of butter on it. We paid about $0.35 for lunch. It started at $0.30 in first grade and rose to $0.40 by the time I graduated. There were a few times when we had a choice, but I can’t remember an example. Once around Thanksgiving, they had turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and they gave us just a teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Once I asked if I could have more because I really liked cranberry sauce. The lunch lady said, “Sure! Most people don’t like it, so we only give a little.” She gave me a big scoop—almost a quarter of a cup. She asked if that was enough, but I didn’t want to be a big pig, so I said, “Just a little more.” For me, buying was good because I got different kind of foods. My mom worked, so she didn’t cook—and she didn’t like to cook! So we didn’t have a big variety of foods at home. Buying lunch expanded my food experiences, which was good because I was such a picky eater. Lunch was a little bit looser in junior high. We didn’t have to sit as a class. We could sit anywhere we wanted. In senior high, we would go through the line and you would often have a choice of the entrée or you could have a chef salad with a choice of fruit or dessert. I often chose the chef salad. You could have crackers with it or some olives. I would often have an apple or something. Then there was another choice. We would go to the side where there was a kitchenette, and they would sell other things. I would often get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and an apple. It didn’t cost as much as a full lunch, but it was enough. Frequently, the boys would buy two full lunches and then two or three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.