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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Breakfast and the Eleven Plus

We must surmise that many parents of eleven plus children ensure that their offspring eat nourishing food on the day of the examination.  The `good breakfast’ does seem to be highly desirable. “Come dear, eat your breakfast, you need the fuel. You have a busy day.”

“But Mum, I just don’t feel like eating now. Maybe I’ll eat something after the exam.”

“Just try to eat something. You know that over the years be have tried to synchronise meals however busy or worried we are.”

“Yes, Mum. You have said it before a healthy family eats together.”

“We do have a few minutes. The word breakfast means to break your fast. You have not eaten since last night.”

“I know, I know. You have also said that most breakfast cereals have too much sugar. I don’t want too must sugar I don’t want to be wired.”

“There is just time. Would you like me to cook you a full English breakfast? We have bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes and beans. I can also do some fried bread. You like fried bread don’t you?”

“No thank you. I just don’t like back pudding.”

“Well you must have something before you go to the examination. You don’t want cereal, you don’t want toast. You don’t want eggs. What do you want?”

“Nothing, thank you. Can you get me an energy drink on the way to school, please?”

“No. I refuse. I don’t like energy drinks at the best of time.”

“Aw, Mum.”

“Please just have a little toast.”

“O.K. then. Do you think, Mum, that the Soviet cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, ate breakfast before he blasted off into space?”

“Eat your toast.”

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