Lunch for re­cess: no prob­lem

First day of Kinder­garten sees young boy make lunch boo-boo

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CORY HUR­LEY

Lit­tle Ryan Payne ex­cit­edly headed off for school last week – his first day of Kinder­garten at Cop­per Ridge Academy. So, he would have to be for­given if ev­ery­thing did not quite go as planned.

With Ryan still just four years of age, his mother Tracey is a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about the young Baie Verte boy be­ing away at school for a full day — mainly be­cause she ad­mits he is a sprightly char­ac­ter. Still maybe a lit­tle im­ma­ture for a full-time school kid, she won­ders what in­no­cent mis­chievous­ness might lie ahead.

It didn’t take long to find out what the first er­ro­neous ad­ven­ture en­tailed.

Payne got up early to pre­pare break­fast for her two boys, in­clud­ing Noah, an 11-year-old vet­eran of the school sys­tem. Joined by his cousin Liam Eveleigh in his first year of Kinder­garten, Ryan was as jovial as could be head­ing for his first day.

Tak­ing the bus was, and still has been in the days since, the most ex­cit­ing part of his school ex­pe­ri­ence. That first day, the ex­cite­ment was ev­i­dent to his mother.

Off he went, book bag in tow and his lunch of sand­wiches await­ing the big break half­way through his first day of school.

Payne took ad­van­tage of the oc­ca­sion to make a hair ap­point­ment — one that would soon be in­ter­rupted by a text from the Kinder­garten teacher won­der­ing if mom would be able to bring Ryan an­other sand­wich. He ate his other one at re­cess, not sav­ing any­thing for lunch.

Payne said the teacher asked the young boy why he ate his en­tire lunch at re­cess. His in­no­cent re­sponse: “I just love sand­wiches.”

With a call to his grandma, the lunch catas­tro­phe was avoided.

Payne found the sit­u­a­tion amus­ing, and posted it on Face­book. She thought it was strange be­cause Ryan is typ­i­cally not a big eater.

Mi­nus the lunch nearcatas­tro­phe, Payne said Ryan en­joyed his first day of school. He loved the bus ride — sit­ting in the big boy seats. He talked about the play­ground at school and hang­ing out with his cousin Liam. Spot­ting his brother Noah in the school hall­way was also a big treat.

With the school lunch les­son learned, Day 2 went with­out a hitch in the re­cess and lunch de­part­ments.

Payne seems well pre­pared to deal with what­ever the next mys­te­ri­ous text from the teacher might en­tail.

“Oh, he’s cer­tainly a ball of en­ergy,” she said. “That’s for sure.”

CORETTA STACEY/SPE­CIAL TO THE NOR’WESTER

Ryan Payne hangs out along­side his mother, Tracey, as she pre­pares sand­wiches. He loved those for lunch so much, he ate his en­tire lunch for re­cess on his first day of Kinder­garten.

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