Friday, December 3, 2021

Out to Lunch

The Friday before Thanksgiving break, we went off campus for lunch. We do this every Friday (and Tuesday). I've already written about things we saw and how taking the bus can get me into trouble. Considering how easy going the class can be, the more interesting things that happen in the class are when we go off campus.

What we do is curricular. The students need to be able to go out and buy things. They should be able to ask for what they need (or want). They need to be understood by the general public. They need to be able to know how much money to use, and they should be able to track their spending. 

Buying food in a fast food restaurant satisfies all of those requirements.

One thing I've noticed is that the boys get a lot to eat. 

It's their money. The whole point is that they get to choose what they want. And I don't food shame. 

But... 

On this particular Friday, five of the students got into one group. Usually the nine students divide into three groups of three, but Sydney wasn't there (see yesterday's post), and the other three were going to their jobs first. The aide and I said if the five wanted to go together, we could certainly supervise the group together. 

We were going to the In-N-Out that's within walking distance of the school, so no bus required. 

But, Pizza wanted to go to McDonald's

The McDonald's was about the same distance from the school, just on the opposite side of the street. And we had two staff along, so the aide and I conferred. I'd take Pizza to McDonald's while she took the other four to In-N-Out. (The "other four" were Leanna (who hasn't appeared by "name" on the blog before), Eddy, Flash, and Brittany.) 

I was not shocked that Pizza ordered a 10-piece chicken nuggets or a large fries. I would have ordered the same. What surprised me was when he got the meal which came with a drink he ordered a large soda, and then he added on a large chocolate shake. 

A soda and a shake? Uh... 

I love chocolate shakes. I like to have some water to go with them. But a soda? I mean... 

I asked Pizza the question. Did he want both? He confirmed that he did. And he finished both. 

Ah, to be young and be able to burn off those calories easily. 

I need to be less judgy when we go out to eat. I didn't realize I was, but clearly I am. 

20 comments:

  1. Teenagers go through a lot of groceries! I used to like McDonald's shakes, when they were big and icy and low quality! Now, they're much smaller, and creamy smooth. They also stopped topping them with the cherry that always sunk.

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    1. Yup, they do. I haven't had a McDonald's shake in a very long time. I probably should try them again sometime.

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  2. Just seeing that order is making me gain weight.

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  3. Oh yes, the good old days of unrestricted eating.

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  4. Hollow legs and leaky heels (that's how a relative always described the eating habits of teen boys).

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  5. Meals like this one, four or five time per day 😄 Boys can eat a lot !

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  6. That was always the case with me in school..... the more interesting things that happened in class were when we went off campus.

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  7. I recall days of eating a lot food. But at time I hardly sat. Burn it off.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  8. It doesn't surprise me what teen boys can eat, haha! My boys love chocolate milkshakes too - I don't understand the appeal of having milk or chocolate milkshake with dinner but they frequently request it, ha! I drink water 99% of the time!

    Hope you had a good weekend! We had a busy but fun one, with a big Christmas night out at a theme park and a couple other events.

    Away From The Blue

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    1. Interesting. I usually drink milk with dinner. Chocolate milkshakes are dessert :)

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  9. Had I been Pizza after that feast, I would have popped! :D

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  10. Of course, Pizza and burgers are the best choice in these occasions.

    Ann
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  11. Do you teach a special needs class? I had no idea you would go out for lunch like that. You learn something new everyday. It's an important life skill to be able to handle money and communicate clearly.

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  12. Choices of food can be strange... Yes, better not to be judgemental about food choices.

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  13. There's nothing wrong with questioning the choice. It's called being responsible. :) As we age, my husband and I eat less and less at a sitting. Be well!

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    1. We talked about nutrition a few days after this.

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