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Bring Back the Brown Bag
By Starling Root
I pack my lunch because my grandmother didn't have a microwave when she was my age. Lean Cuisine was not an option and you can bet your bottom dollar that she thought McD's was a kids' thing when she was my age.
I pack my lunch because, historically, that's what people have done. They've had lunch pails. They've saved money. They've known, at least more or less, what they were putting in their bodies. Sometimes it's not worth changing history.
I pack my lunch because I don't like Applebee's. I don't like Ruby Tuesday. I don't like Chili's. I like to eat meals that people—not a corporation—thought up. I like to imagine someone's nana in the kitchen, trying out recipes, peppering this and that just the way her favorite customers like their food. If I eat out for lunch, I'm going to support my community.
I pack my lunch because it feels good and I know it's good.