I have always loved bento and my memories of bento are many. As my mother was working until late at night my sister and I had to make our own bento for school everyday. When my mother felt up to it she sometimes made us a good bento and delivered it to our school before our lunch time started. It did not happen too often but it is still one of my favorite bento memories.
The specially and freshly delivered bento was still warm and our bento boxes were full of the food we liked. The way my mother packed our bento was very professional and yet there was her personal touch of a little note that said “Bon Appetite”. I think my mother had a bad conscious for not getting up and making us a bento everyday and she wanted to show us her love by making us a very special bento occasionally.
I have become a mother too and I understand this more clearly. Bento is a funny thing, it will leave a lot of memories and often it is about love and care.
Many years have gone by since my mother delivered my bento to my school, and funny enough I am doing the same thing.
When I make a bento for my husband I often deliver it to his office as he leaves home very early in the morning. My husband looks happy when he receives his bento, I don’t mind the detour at all and I am just repeating what my mother has done for us.
Next year my husband will be retiring and there won’t be any more need to deliver him a bento, I will miss my detour a lot. But my love for bento is still great and I am sure it will lead me to something new. And it is of course about love and care. Bento is Love, yes it is indeed, my bento friends.
Rie - Bento specialist, Oslo, Norway
Hello, I love to cook and bake and I enjoy making bento everyday. I was one of the finalists at Bento&co’s contest in 2011 and later I joined Bento&co as Bento Specialist. I am living in Norway now but I am originally from Ishikawa in Japan where many of Bento&co’s bento boxes are made. I try to make bentos that are as beautiful as they are delicious, and I like to show you how to add more sparkles in your bento life! -Rie