Elvis Week: That’s all right, Mama



With limited bento supplies – no adorable little picks, only a few cutters – it’s really difficult to do an Elvis-themed bento week. It’s probably difficult to do an entire week of Elvis-themed lunches as it is, supplies or not. Today it was more about letting go than decorating.

Today we took it back to where it all began, back to July 1954 when slap bassist Bill Black and guitarist Scotty Moore agreed to conduct a recording session with a young Elvis Presley. They did this though neither was really overly impressed with the young man from Lauderdale Courts apartments. After recording a few less than stellar country songs, the trio took a break and Elvis began cutting up and playing Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right (Mama)”. Bill and Scotty joined in, Sam Phillips recorded it and history was made at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee: rock ‘n’ roll was born.

(As a sidenote: I know Bill Black’s children, Louis Black and Nancy Black Shockley. They live in my county and I’ve interviewed them several times for stories on their father; Bill Black passed away in October 1965.)


So what does this all have to do with today’s lunches?

The kids wanted to make their own lunches. And I let them. Because what would it hurt?

Well, that’s all right, mama
That’s all right for you
That’s all right mama, just anyway you do
Well, that’s all right, that’s all right.
That’s all right now mama, anyway you do

We had mini sub sandwiches on the menu and they wanted to eat crackers and cheese again. But allowing them to make their own lunches gave them a buy-in and it makes them want to eat it because they’re proud of what they made.


Each varies a little bit, but they all made ham, cheese and pepperoni sandwiches and they each have two pickles. The older two really got creative with theirs, making faces using pepperoni, mustard and cheese. Jaiden and Jaylen have Reese’s Pieces for their treat and they have strawberries, raspberries and grapes in addition to a bag of chips. Jenna didn’t want candy, she wanted marshmallows and Annie’s Chocolate Bunny Grahams and grapes.

As you can see, they used a lot more packaging than I do (though I do put pickles in bags usually so the juice doesn’t get all over everything) and they wanted to wrap their sandwiches in wax paper like they do at Subway (totally their doing!), but that’s all right, Mama, right?


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