Some more, please: The mother’s snack race

2010-10-20 09:22

“Quickly,” said Florence, “they are here. But you’d better hurry”.

I put the phone down, collected my bag, and headed for the car at a brisk march.

After all, if I missed this lot, who knew how long it would be until the next delivery?

My destination was Baby City, the only stockist I can find of Organix.

This is a product to which I could write an ode – because it allows a no-junk nut-job like me to hoodwink my toddler. There are no E numbers, no added salt, no fat, no sugar except from the fruit juice the makers use to sweeten the biscuits and no preservatives.

So when a well-meaning visitor brings a big bag of crisps – which the toddler wants to snaffle – with a little slight of hand, I swop the offending one with my mother-approved spicy tomato stars, herb cheese puffs or carrot sticks.

She is happy and, more importantly, I am happy.

But I can’t lie, it costs to be a nutrition nazi, and to stock up the treat cupboard with 15 bags of chips at R11 each and the new gingerbread biscuits that were R3 a pop it was a whopping R250.

After shelling out all that cash for treats for, at best, six weeks and gulping at the cost, Florence told me that I was a little-leaguer compared to other mothers.

Some parted with R1 000 a time to have their treat cupboards free of nasty additives. Like me they came at a brisk march to make sure they didn’t miss the delivery – I could tell, because the shelves were already half bare when I got there.

I apologise to those who came too late, but all’s fair in the never-ending battle to be uber-mother.

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