On the last day of school, E brought home all his stuff, like his craft box, communication notebook, lunch book, etc., he also brought home his tuition stamp card. Every month, an envelope was sent home for tuition, it had a stamp card in it that would be stamped on the date tuition was paid.
I noticed last night that there was a break down of the tuition expenses on the back of the card (you could only see the front of the card in the envelope, and I never had any reason to take it out). Turns out I've been paying Y6500 every month for lunch!!!!!!! The lunch he NEVER eats! I've been making his bento every day for.....at least 4 months! Damn it!
I was a bit disappointed that they continued to take my money for a lunch they knew wasn't being served, but I'm hoping it was mearly an administrative oversight. I know, I know, I should have been paying closer attention, I should have read the fine print, but I didn't realize, and wasn't expecting, a break down of expenses like that :( Fortunately, when I asked about it today, the principal told me that of course I didn't have to pay if E was bringing a lunch from home, and that I could just send Y300 on udon days when I know he'll eat the school lunch. No mention of reimbursing me for all those lunches he didn't have, but at least this year's tuition is down Y6500/mth, and BONUS: today we got our childcare subsidy for the 2nd semester, Y39,000! Woo hoo!
I'm a little embarrassed by E's bentos. Japanese moms have honestly turned lunch making into an art form, some of the box lunches they make belong in a museum! And they use the cutest little bento boxes and bags, and adorable little accessories. Ethan will have none of it! His bento box is compliments of Tupperware, it's one of those little divided plates with 3 different sections for food, with a lid. And he has THE EXACT SAME LUNCH.EVERY.SINGLE.DAY: half a bologna & cheese sandwich, no crust, cut in triangles, goldfish, a cheesestick and half a banana. I can only imagine what his sensei must think of American moms when she sees Ethan's lunch. But if I try to change even one little thing, like pretzels instead of goldfish, or God forbid, cutting his sandwich in a cute star shape instead of triangles, he won't eat it. But hey, it's super cheap, and super quick, so I really can't complain!