Thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post I really enjoyed reading them. Such mundane domestic tasks may seem unimportant and perhaps we feel a bit silly to have rules and methods for performing them efficiently but I don't think so, consider this; 'the ordinary acts we practise every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest'.*
~Tomorrow George leaves home. He's heading to the University of Hull to study Physics and drink beer. This is a Good Thing, he has spent the last year at home doing not very much and is in dire need of occupation and we are all looking forward to this new chapter in his life.
He is spending his first year in semi-catered halls of residence which means he will be provided with an evening meal but will have to find breakfast and lunch himself. This is also a Good Thing because as I said in this post his ability and enthusiasm for cooking is limited. Although he won't actually need to cook anything I have equipped him with some basic kitchen equipment so that he can make eggs, cook bacon, heat soup and beans, and make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (I don't suppose he will for one minute). I have also packed him a box of provisions to keep him going for a couple of weeks.
Student Provisions for Breakfasts and Lunches
I limited fresh stuff to things he will need immediately. Sandwich fillers such as ham, hummus, eggs, he can buy himself later. He may even buy himself some fruit and veg**.
A loaf of bread
A pint of milk
A packet of butter
A block of Cheddar
A carton of longlife orange juice
Small packet of sugar (for tea)
Huge jar of Nutella
Huge tub of peanut butter
A jar of homemade apricot jam
A jar of homemade blackcurrant jam
A bottle of sriracha hot sauce
Salt and pepper
Small bottle of oil
3 tins of baked beans
4 tins of soup - the kind with lots of veg and beans in
2 tins of fruit
2 bottles of beer
A ginormous bag of homemade granola
A homemade fruitcake
A 4lb bag of apples
Equipment for a semi-catered student hall of residence
Most of these were my cast-offs, things marked with an asterisk were bought new.
A small non-stick frying pan*
A medium sized saucepan
A baking tray
Tin-opener/bottle opener* (he has a corkscrew on his Swiss Army knife).
Slotted spoon/serving spoon*
Fish slice (turner)
2 small tumblers
Dinner plate, medium sized plate, side plate, bowl
2 forks, 2 knives, 2 spoons, 2 teaspoons
Set of plastic food boxes*
Large packet of anti-bac wipes (apparently there are cleaners so no need for bottles of Cif etc)
It's very tempting to try to provide everything he might need and to tell him Everything I Know About Life, but I have to remind myself that the boy is now a man and will be able to sort his own stuff out. The work part of being his mother is done, now all I have left to do is worry.
*Attributed to the poet Thomas Moore although I cannot find the source.
** He won't