Ovaltine® & Raw Jelly.

Saturday 12th November 2011

We spend a lot of time in our beds. Not just when we are sleeping but also to gather as a family at weekends or as a makeshift office where I can dump all the flotsam & jetsam that seems to gather in my school bag everyday.

It holds the same position for us as perhaps the kitchen table does for other families.

It’s a place of safety & a place to mull over the days events, in comfort.

Every other night I get the chance to read books to my son, Zephyrus. He reads on his own first & then either my wife or I read a few chapters of whatever he is reading at the time. It’s also a damn good excuse to snuggle up with Zeph for a while.

“Come on hurry up!” I said while he languished in the bath. “We’ve still got to have dinner & then there’s a surprise for bedtime.”

Some days he can sit in the bath for 5 seconds others, 5 hours.

“What is it then?” He asked grumpily. We had all had a very early morning & he did not want to be teased about something unworthy of his attention.

“Can’t tell you. You’ll have to wait but you’ll like it. Come on hurry up.” I said encouragingly.

After dinner I set his cup & saucer on a tray & carried it into his room.

“Let me finish this page.” He said glancing over at the tray.

I climbed into bed next to him & handed him the cup.

“So what’s the story?” He asked knowing that there had to be some tale of ‘when Dad was a little boy’ or ‘I used to make this…’.

“Well,” I started. “When I was a little boy…”

“Yeah, I know. You used to have raw jelly at your Nan’s.” He said rolling his eyes.

“Yeah but we also used to have Ovaltine too. It’s like a milk drink.” I informed him

“Is it hot?” He asked.

“No it should be alright now.” I told him.

He took a great gulp & nodded his head.

“Mmm it tastes like junket.” He pronounced licking his lips.

“Was it worth the wait?” I asked.

“Yeah.” Came the reply.

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4 Responses to Ovaltine® & Raw Jelly.

  1. I have fond memories of Ovaltine… Lucky boy!

  2. Stef says:

    I’ve never had Ovaltine; is it like chocolate milk? Hot cocoa? Something else?

  3. roger edwards says:

    you can make a meal out of anything. good on ya

  4. Mistral Zagni says:

    Yes this was a lovely end to the day. I remember drinking this for my in somnia years ago. A lovely ,silky, warming taste.

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