Some more, please: What snack and other mind-altering questions

2011-01-20 07:30

It’s official. I’m a Twit. I finally joined the Twitter universe – but I have nothing to say. The pressure of trying to say something that someone, anyone, else might find either interesting or useful is overwhelming. And that chirpy “What’s happening?” daring me to be profound is most unhelpful.

But I am bound to find my rhythm any tweet now, after all I am that most adaptable of creatures – a mother.

Speaking of adapting, another milestone on the parental highway came and went this week. That’s right we survived the first day of playschool. And by we, I mean me?– the toddler toddled off towards the unknown without a backward glance at her poor obsessing mother.

Shortly after processing the realisation that there will be bountiful life beyond our home for the toddler I started to feel the familiar pressure of motherhood return. What, oh what, can I put in her snack box twice a week?

Goodness only knows how mothers with multiple children who go to school every day cope with the enormous responsibility of nutrition out of the home. For me it’s become yet another mini-obsession.

If I gave her grapes, cheese cubes and water biscuits on Friday, I can’t do the same on Wednesday, can I? Is she going to eat the blueberries today, or is today a strawberry day? A banana?– she never eats a whole one but can I send half of one?

Chicken or beef sausage? Does a mini-quiche look a little poncey? At home she’d eat dolmades as a snack, but are they too messy for a snack box? Chicken wings, but what about the bones?

Of course what I am really obsessing about is if little Johnny is eating the nutritionally-balanced snacks I am painstakingly packing and the toddler’s eating his sugary, E-number-laden biscuits.

Sooner or later I will adapt to the change and allow it to control a little less of my life.

Perhaps if I figure out how to tweet without looking like a complete twit, I will tell you all about my next obsession in 140 characters. Let’s hope it’s not Twitter.

Find me on Twitter @GayleMahala

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.