Letter of Agreement

September 7th, 2010 · 51 Comments · Domestic Affairs, Favorites, Organizing, Strategizing, Planning, Posts by Andy, Rituals

What to do when packing the dreaded school lunch threatens to pull apart your marriage? Draw up a contract.

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  • 1 Liz // Sep 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

    This provided me an early morning giggle. Thank you. What do your two usually eat for lunch?

  • 2 Elizabeth // Sep 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Love it! Am printing right this second…

  • 3 Vanessa // Sep 7, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Inspired! Tabitha is claiming to be very responsible ito healthy food choices, and so is allowed school lunches most days, but Jake, now that’s another matter. I’ll need to print this out too!

  • 4 Sarah // Sep 7, 2010 at 11:34 am

    As a second year law student and avid food blog follower/foodie, I already loved your blog. This sent it over the top. I was rolling on the floor. My partner and I already have a running joke about what’s in “The Contract.” I sent this to him as evidence that I am not the only one. Keep writing!

  • 5 mau // Sep 7, 2010 at 11:46 am

    you two are hilarious! and so so sweet!

  • 6 Andy // Sep 7, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    This is the best “love letter” I’ve read in a long time. If you have this much fun negotiating lunch, I’ll bet your home is full of love and laughter!

  • 7 Jessica // Sep 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I am absolutey dying right now!! I can’t remember the last time I laughed this hard. Yet I feel a bit of confusion as well, wondering how I got old enough to laugh about lunch/snack packing? You are the voice of many, many moms and dads. Thank you!

  • 8 Rebecca // Sep 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Brilliant! I will file this away – the lunchbox years are fast approaching.

  • 9 Amanda // Sep 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I love this! My husband just plays dumb when I ask him to make a lunch to be taken to school. He looks blankly at me and says, “Awhahht? Hm? Oh. Hm, don’t know how?” That being said, our son just bought his first cafeteria meal today – somehow the Pizza Fridays of our youth is now Pizza Anyday for the San Francisco kids.

  • 10 6512 and growing // Sep 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Oh, this is good. Good luck to the hubs.

  • 11 Amy // Sep 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Dying. That was so funny. My hubs and I are both lawyers. And yet I had not considered such an agreement. ; )

  • 12 Trish O // Sep 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    laughed so hard…

  • 13 Noodle // Sep 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I am also a second year law student (evening, with a full time legal secretary job during the day) and often read your blog in class while eating cliff bars or assorted packaged rubber, pretending that it’s a tomato sandwich or something. The cats that sit next to me always drool over my shoulder. As a legal geek, this post in particular is much appreciated. Thanks for the day dreams.

  • 14 Caroline // Sep 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I *would* be laughing, if I weren’t seething with resentment that I am the one on lunch duty ALL. THE DAMN. TIME. Add to that a supremely busy husband who has decided that he is going to MAKE all the bread in the house, and who then decides to make BAGUETTES instead of FRICKING BREAD THAT I CAN USE TO MAKE SANDWICHES, the week before a long weekend when he won’t be around to make MORE bread that CAN BE USED IN SANDWICHES, and – well, it’s a sticky situation.

  • 15 Bonnie // Sep 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    “…and upon threat of further humiliation, you will also provide guidance and lunch menus to other fathers who have now been subjugated into every-other-night lunch-making.”

  • 16 Jan @ Family Bites // Sep 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Jenny, this is brilliant! And so very funny.

  • 17 Vicki // Sep 7, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    perfect…perfect…perfect….I laughed my head off!

  • 18 Kristina P-M // Sep 7, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    DYING! Too funny!

    Love Hus’ line about “…do we really want to be the couple giving free lunch duty and foot massage coupons to each other?” I was almost off my chair laughing!

  • 19 atinack // Sep 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    your husband is very sweet and funny. you, clearly, are living the good life. good for you. i love your blog!

  • 20 Sabrina // Sep 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Oh my geesh! hee hee hee! Loved everything about this and my husband will too….he’s numero uno in the lunch making department these days AND he’s a lawyer. Thanks for making me laugh tonight! I’m linking back to this on my blog soon.

  • 21 Jessica // Sep 8, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Love this. I’m a lawyer and would love to get my husband to execute such an agreement, but I know he’d just shake his head in disgust and tell me to save my lawyer tactics for my clients. Oh well. I have one in 2nd grade, one in kindergarten, and one in diapers. So many peanut butter sandwiches yet in my future . . . .

  • 22 my name is ish // Sep 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

    this is excellent. you should make it downloadable.

  • 23 Damaris // Sep 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I love love love that you guys were featured on the NY Times! This is one of my favorite blogs. I’m glad it’s getting recognition.

  • 24 Mendy // Sep 8, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Like everybody else, my husband and I found this very clever and entertaining. I was happy to see it on the Motherlode blog as well.

    “Hereunder? Who are you?” My fave!

  • 25 Hong Kong Phooey // Sep 9, 2010 at 10:31 am

    this was awesome. Never too late to go to law school…or so I’ve heard :) HKphooey&Trish

  • 26 MB // Sep 9, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I solve this problem by making the same thing for lunch every day. Sometimes I change it up and use jam instead of honey with the peanut butter.

  • 27 Barb @ getupandplay // Sep 10, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Hilarious. So incredibly funny!

  • 28 Rebecca Grace // Sep 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Oh, this is so funny! We go through the same negotiations in our house. I read the part about the other party providing “advice” with more than a twinge of recognition… Why did you give them FOUR cookies? Don’t you know they won’t eat their sandwiches if you give them four cookies? And only Lars will eat the egg salad sandwiches; Anders wants peanut butter and marmalade… Our parents had it easy, though. I got a smashed up PB&J sandwich, a bruised apple, and fifty cents for a carton of milk every day when I was a kid — and I was GRATEFUL (not!). :-)

  • 29 Wendy O // Sep 12, 2010 at 10:37 am


  • 30 bjahlstrom // Sep 13, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    That is pretty much the funniest thing I”ve read all year.

  • 31 AnneL // Sep 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Very funny – especially to discover that we are not the only husband and wife who have had the bento box vs. ziploc baggies issue.

  • 32 Jessica F // Sep 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Soooo funny!
    Taking contract law at the moment and I have to fight the urge to do this for every agreement I make.

    “assignation” ha!

  • 33 Rob O. // Sep 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    This is awesome!

    And I love that someone else is morally opposed to cutting crusts – the bread’s crust -is- the best part, after all.

  • 34 Marco // Sep 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I would like the template (or copy of in word) to present to my wife… please? :-)

  • 35 Shauna // Sep 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this! made my week!

  • 36 Amy F // Sep 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    This is so clever! Funny! And inspiring!

  • 37 jennifer // Sep 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Hilarious — Thank you for the great laugh!

  • 38 Tanya // Sep 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    There must be ALOT of head-shaking in your home. haha! That letter was fantastic.

  • 39 Victoria Granof // Oct 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    So who reimburses GQ magazine for the time Adam and I are spending in hysterics over this thing instead of shooting the dutch baby?
    You can thank me if he serves you the Schaller & Weber mixed grill withsweet/sour sauteed red cabbage with tart apples tomorrow night.

  • 40 Phyllis Grant // Dec 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    girl, you are HILARIOUS! nice to be on the kichn editor’s list with you! it’s an honor. happy holidays!

  • 41 Ines // Jan 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    As the sole lunch maker in the house I hate to say that just by the fact that you are engaged in this sort of back and forth with your husband is already a vast improvement over my life!
    I am not a morning person so this is the single most hated chore I endure.
    Pretty please(!)–write more about school lunch ideas!! I need some help and some inspiration!!

  • 42 diane diaz // Jan 13, 2011 at 5:33 am

    hahahahaha!Hilarius!i’ll let my hubby read this one also..a unique and brilliant idea girl. One of the best frank letter I read.keep it up..

  • 43 Diana // Jun 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    LOL this is so creative and hilarious. Love how you approach parenthood (and marriage) with a great sense of humor

  • 44 Tammy // Jun 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    OMG…. that was funny :)

  • 45 Sick leave letter // Jul 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

    This was real and brilliant work! thanks and happy i came across this site!

  • 46 Lisa // Aug 28, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Love that he is prevented from claiming “medically unable” when hung over. Hilarious.

  • 47 cianne // Sep 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Just read this for the first time, have been loving your blog for a while. Hilarious. Almuerzo&Snaks. Priceless…

  • 48 Denise // Sep 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Too funny! I thank God for the hot lunch program. It took all those stressors out of our lunch duties. But just so you know, the kids always liked my lunches better, lol.

  • 49 elizabeth // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Reading this was a great way to start my morning!
    My children are all adults now and this brought back such memories. One in particular…when my youngest was in 8th grade, I started the school year off making huge X’s on the calendar. My son thought it was some kind of count down to graduation…..it was a count down to the VERY LAST LUNCH I WAS GOING TO MAKE! I thought I would feel a little melancholy about it after awhile but the truth is 8 years later, I still DON’T miss it!
    Thanks for the reminder and laughs this morning!

  • 50 DGW // Jun 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

    kids lunches should be the next book! I picture spiral bound with tabs to flip through for mains, sides, desserts. The making them is a pain, but it’s coming up with new ideas that’s the worst!

  • 51 Deb // Jan 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Or, do as we’ve done and pass this task along to the lunch eaters themselves. Our two oldest girls (third & sixth grade) make their own lunches & it has made my mornings at least 50% better. I highly recommend this approach (especially when done the night before).

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