In an electronics-filled world where everyone is suddenly too busy for each other, one father is reminding us the simple things are still what matter most.
In 2008, David LaFerriere decided to surprise his kids at school by drawing on their lunch sandwich bags.flickr.com
The kids loved it, so he kept drawing.flickr.com
Every day, they’re greeted with a new creation their dad made for them.flickr.com
And a fun reminder that lets them know their dad is thinking about them while he’s at work.flickr.com
Sometimes his drawings are straightforward.flickr.com
With graphic-design humor sprinkled in, since that’s Ferriere’s occupation.flickr.com
Sometimes his drawings transform the way that you see the sandwich itself.flickr.com
Like when the bread becomes a creature.flickr.com
Or a lilypad for a frog to hang out on.flickr.com
Or a den for a bear drinking its morning coffee.flickr.com
Or a different lunch altogether.flickr.com
Or one that’s been partially eaten already.flickr.com
Sometimes they get philosophical.flickr.com
Sometimes they’re just downright clever.flickr.com
I mean, really, look at that bubble incorporation!flickr.com
Inspired bubble incorporation brings characters to life.flickr.com
Downright tricky maneuvering makes a sandwich look like a sandwich even though… it’s a sandwich.flickr.com
Birthdays are celebrated on the bags.flickr.com
Other holidays, too.flickr.com
Halloween gets its mention.flickr.com
So does Thanksgiving.flickr.com
Lately there’s been some Christmas sandwiches.flickr.com
Even American Snowman Gothic has made an appearance.flickr.com
Dave’s work has been featured on Sharpie’s website and his following has grown.
Despite the unexpected fame, the drawings will always be an act of love for his sons.flickr.com
“The sandwich bags are something that my boys and I share together,” he told flickr.“But the comments people leave about a parent doing something similar really touches me, because there are other parents that love their kids just as much. And they love them enough to leave a little note, a little whatever it may be… that’s just something that brightens their day when they get to their lunch.”flickr.com
Five years after it all started, he has gone on to create over one thousand lunchtime surprises, cataloging them all on Flickr.thekitchn.com
David says the most touching comments he receives are from parents who do similar things for their kids... just because they love them.
To see more of David's work, check out his flickr here.
Ultimately, time is the most valuable resource we have and spending it on the people we love most is vitally important. Share this if you think we need more dads like David!
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