Who Has The Time?

 Bento.  Who has time for that?!  You might be surprised.Why I bento.

Bento is my hobby. It is a creative outlet for me, and I enjoy it. I wouldn’t be doing it for going on 5 years if I didn’t take pleasure from it.

My hobby has no less value than yours.

I have a friend who was passionate about a hobby I didn’t understand and didn’t appeal to me. She spent all kinds of time and effort on her projects. I didn’t really get it, but I recognized that was her “thing”, and that was okay. It gave her pleasure and enjoyment.  It was an artistic expression, and a personal accomplishment. I didn’t have to get it.

We all have our things. Your thing may be different than mine. But it doesn’t make it any more or less valuable.

From Webster’s Dictionary:
HOBBY : a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.

I think one of the fastest ways you can hurt someone is point at something they love, and call it a waste of time. To say or imply it has no value. That they have no value.

“Ain’t nobody got time for that” is a funny meme… it’s funny right up until someone uses it in reference to something you put your heart in. Something you enjoyed doing and took pride in the result.

Bento is my hobby. You don’t have to understand it. You don’t have to like it. But please, don’t try to hurt me for doing something I love. You belittle my hobby, you belittle me.

So who has the time?  Lots of people.  We all have the time.  We spend our time doing the things we love.

God Bless,


  1. Hear hear!
    But I’m glad you chose this hobby, you do it well and you’re an awesome person.
    It really infuriates me when people attack what we do but luckily we have each other and I’ll have your back :p

  2. Glory your letter is awesome! I also choose this hobby and love it! YOU GO GIRL! Let haters hate and just keep on loving what you do!

  3. Love it! and sooooo true!!!!!! Working out is my hobby, and I just “started” bento boxes for my daughters preschool lunches. I wish I had the creative talent and patience to make beautiful boxes like you, and Sarah Felder do…I love seeing all the posts:)

  4. I have to say that I am glad you have your hobby. I don’t have time to do all the decorative touches and arranging BUT without you and all the other bento bloggers, I wouldn’t have a clue. you give me ideas, inspiration, and a little push towards making lunch fun. You inspire me to pack my daughter’s lunch as often as possible and to make it something she wants to eat. I ordered two bento type lunch boxes for this year after a mishap from last year’s lunches packed in baggies and containers caused a lot of tears. If it weren’t for these blogs, I would never even think about being creative or have a clue about all the possibilities in a lunch box. So again, thank you all for your hobby!

  5. This is sooo true. I’m so glad other bento parents are posting about it. I get glares, called out and even had a teacher tell me I shouldn’t bento because it’s not fair to the other students!

  6. You said it Sister!!! And I’ll add one more thing to your beautifully expressed post that my grandmother taught me when I was maybe, 5.

    I have never forgotten it and I’m sure you’ve probably heard it (and live by it) too:

    “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  7. It’s perfectly written and expressed! No one has the right to belittle a hobby. If that makes a person happy, let it be. Anyone who’s not happy with that must find their happiness elsewhere and stop criticizing. I honestly adore your lunches which continue to inspire me everyday.

  8. Awesome explanation on how bento is our hobby! We take pride in making fun lunches. It is a great creative outlet and the end result – cute and healthy lunches!

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