#231 lunch out in the open

231/365 lunch out in the open, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Daily Shoot food pictures today:

Make a photograph of something you eat today. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Make it look tasty.

Whenever we have the chance, I and a colleague sneak out of school, alternating cars and drivers, and drive some 10 minutes to a little kiosk by the archipelago road. The lady there makes the best and freshest salmon sandwiches with the Finnish staple rye bread. This with a mug of coffee, on the outside rustic table and benches (weather permitting), beats school lunch any day.

There is just something about eating out in the open that adds a special flavour to anything – food or drink. What’s more, out of school, we get the chance to let out steam, undisturbed, to our heart’s content. It’s not uncommon that my school lunch is reduced to a rushed cup of coffee on the go in the staff room. Teachers should really have a decent, quiet lunch hour, just like any other worker, and not expected to be at the peck and call of students every second of the school day!


4 Responses to “#231 lunch out in the open”

  1. 1 Susan van Gelder
    August 22, 2010 at 19:32

    Certainly does look tasty. I so agree with what you wrote – a) about food tasting better outdoors and b) about teacher time. I am no longer in the classroom – but even bathroom breaks were sometimes an issue. Lunch hour? Unheard of – lunch moments is more like it. I miss the kids, but I don’t miss the harried schedule.

  2. 2 sinikka
    August 22, 2010 at 20:52

    Harried schedule is certainly is! I and a couple of colleagues tried to introduce teachers’ quiet lunch time – only 30 minutes – when students wouldn’t be allowed in the staff room, or even knock on the door. We didn’t even get a whole year of enjoying it before some busybody colleagues persuaded the principal that we really couldn’t tell the students ‘no’ but need to help them every second of the school day. They talk about ‘helicopter parents’ but I think some teachers are worse!

  3. August 29, 2010 at 09:04

    I hear you about being at the beck and call of students from the moment you get to school … and 30 minute lunchtimes with the lunch/playground supervision and being expected to gobble up your food and get to the loo is enough to make all of us have digestion-related problems if not breakdowns … your salmon with Finnish rye bread in the peace and quiet seems like a wonderfully sane alternative. Glad you can do this sometimes 🙂

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