Breakfast is important, I think. Especially since Boys #1 and #2 are so skinny that if the wind blows too hard I worry they might fall over. So we try to eat a decent amount every morning, and one of my go-to energy boosters is porridge. Only one problem; Boy #2 recently announced that he didn't like it any more - not even with maple syrup on the top.
Thins morning, then, I thought we would try things the Russian way by putting a teaspoon full of raspberry jam on the top of his porridge.
Jam is a Russian cure-all. Want a sweet taste with your (black) tea? Help yourself to a little dish of jam from the bowl in the middle of the table and use a teaspoon to feed yourself little bites in between sips of tea. Feeling fluey or have a cold coming on? Jam will definitely help. Want to boost your intake of Vitamin C? Yes, jam is just the ticket. You get the picture...
I have to be honest, I didn't hold out much hope that jam would sort Boy #2's porridge-avoidance, but with Weetabix and toast on standby, it was worth a try.
He stirred it in and cautiously took a mouthful.
Boy #2: "Mmmmmmmmm. That's delicious! I love it! I'm going to eat the whole bowl!'
I smiled quietly to myself as I chatted with Boy #1 about his busy schedule and sorted out various things around the kitchen. Job done. Then...
Boy #2: "It tastes just like raspberry pie!"
Me - blinking. What?: "But, hang on - you don't like raspberry pie..."
Boy #2: "That's your raspberry pie, Mum. Gran's raspberry pie, I like - and that's what this tastes like. Mmmmmm...."
Oh. Right. That put me in my place, then.