Monday, March 06, 2006

Swapping Lunches

At the time, early 1930s, most of the families cooked and served their ethnic dishes and the majority of the kids brown bagged their lunches.

The Portuguese kids had their homemade bread, malasadas and sweetbread and the Japanese had their rice balls, sushi, seaweed and daikon. As a result, the first order of business on arriving at school was to swap lunches before starting to play.

A sandwich made of Portuguese sweet bread was worth two rice balls. And a rice ball with an ume on the inside was worth a small fortune. It sometimes took two or three swaps to get the lunch that you wanted. Anyway, pre-school play did not start until lunch was settled.

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