The Weight of Expectation

For a hilarious blog on this topic, check out, for a more meandering, inconclusive musing, read on. I’m not sure if I’m alone, but I genuinely expect each chosen experience to be fun, every time. I have faith in our decisions. But all too often, I’m knocked off that precarious pedestal. Take today, trio out into the garden because ‘we haven’t been outside yet today, have we Mummy?’ (we went to ballet, but I take the point). I expect – general exploring of still alive plants, playing in playhouse and with ball – nothing too lofty. I get – insistence on getting bikes out, ridden for one width of garden (approximately 6 flagstones, then abandoned. Find multiple mushroom type things growing in rubber play material specifically designed to inhibit plant growth. Google ‘poisonous mushrooms garden uk’. Discover toddler capable of turning tap on to fill thimble sized watering can, but not off. Water quickly flooding the patio as baby keeps sitting and kneeling down in it, then clambering back up steps to house. I pick her up as toddler is (against my insistent advice to the contrary) trying to haul both bikes up the, now very slippery, steps. Decide to give it up as a bad job, only for some intense sobbing (on nearly all our parts)to mark the end of this sorry affair. I don’t know why I’m surprised, this happens literally several times a week.

However, ‘pizza whirls’ went down a storm (perhaps unsurprisingly given the clever marketing in their name) even though they contained both onion and mushroom. Sheet of puff pastry. Topped with tomato puree, relevant herbs (think I had thyme), onion and mushroom diced toddler small, ham shredded, cheese grated and then rolled widthways so it is a long sausage. Cut into slices and arrange on baking tray, brush with egg and bake for 15-20mins. Toddler started out by saying ‘I wish I had a sandwich’, but then changed her review to ‘yummy’. Perhaps she has the right idea, expect to be disappointed and you might be surprised.

Also credit to Ana for these little circles of loveliness!