What you see before you is the boy's "Crunch & Munch" snack.
The fifth grade teacher offers his students what is referred to as a "Crunch & Munch" certificate, award, mark of distinction, whatever.
I'm not exactly sure how they receive them, but I believe it has something to do with all of one's homework being turned in complete and on time. And even then, one is not guaranteed the liberty to crunch and/or munch at will. I think a drawing or some other fixed random selection process determines those who will be free to gorge themselves all day on whatever snack food items (besides soda) that they bring to school on a predetermined Friday.
In the boy's case, he purchased his C&M pass during some sort of silent auction, spending upwards of $300 of the imaginary $700 they each received for a 5th grade lesson in economics.
It's comforting to know that my son is being taught early in life that what cannot be achieved through will, hard work and determination can always be bought if one has the financial means.
But enough about ethics. BORING!
On the predetermined Friday (TODAY!!), the crunch and munchers are allowed to bring in whatever they want, and apparently as much as they want. The spoils are then placed under their desks within easy reach, of the gluttonous sloth's deserving student's greedy reach.
I asked the boy last night as he packed up more than $20 worth of edibles if, just perhaps, he might be over-doing it a bit.
"Dad, we get to eat all day."
Ah, of course.
Likely my Friday evening plans will include tending to a 10-year old boy with a raging stomachache while imparting a lesson on moderation and the importance of hard work, or some such rot.
So what are your plans?