Me, an intellectual: Riley is clearly being used as a plot device to separate Bryan and Miller and to assist in Jonathan Whitesell’s departure from the show as he moves on to Freeform. This is most obvious when one looks at the desperation Bryan experiences upon seeing Riley.
The 11 year old gives her bags away to kids at school each day, but the 15 year old usually brings hers home, and I flatten them out and have them stacked in a box. To be honest, I have no idea what to do with them. Being that we are a navy family and move so often, and being that I was a navy brat myself until I was 15, I long ago kissed tangible sentimentality goodbye. It’s just too hard to lug things around when we move all the time — and we are currently in our 6th duty station (and 9th home) in 13 years — so I don’t tend to hold onto things. We are here on Guam for one more year, and I’m still mulling over what to do with those bags when it comes time to move.
Beyond that — and I can’t quite put my finger on the “why” behind this — I get a certain feeling of reward from the disposable nature of the bags. There’s something about pouring myself into them, and knowing that my kids like them, they use them, and then they’re done, that really resonates with me.
As long as I’m tackling this question, I’ll go ahead and answer the other one that I’ve gotten a lot:
Do I sell or otherwise monetize the lunch bags?
Nope. As I mentioned in a previous answer, I have a tendency to be somewhat oppositional by nature. ;) While I’ve come a long way in tempering that since my (insufferable) childhood, the urge is still there, and I fear that if I tried to sell the bags, instead of being something I do for fun, they would begin to feel like an obligation and a drudgery, and I don’t want that. I make these bags for the sheer joy I get out of making them, and the excited reactions I get from my kids when I show them what I’ve made. That’s worth more to me than any amount of money I could make from them.
Whew! I award 100 points to anyone who read that whole novel.
Consisting of two sets of bronze ornamental gates, 7 feet high and 6 feet wide, and a series of large finials on the fences surrounding the site.The gates depict honeybees crawling on hives, and the posts of adjacent fences have honeybees resting on 17 finials shaped like flower heads. There are 400 bees spread across the 4 doors.