But then as I was catching up on some admin, an e-mail came through from my sister that so sweetly and gently reminded me of how fleeting this time with my little ones is, and suddenly my heart is so much lighter. I don't know the author of this simple little ode to motherhood, but may she be blessed! Enjoy!
Real Mothers don't eat quiche;
They don't have time to make it.
Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils
Are probably in the sandbox.
Real Mothers often have sticky floors,
Filthy ovens and happy kids.
Real Mothers know that dried play dough
Doesn't come out of carpets.
Real Mothers don't want to know what
The vacuum just sucked up.
Real Mothers sometimes ask 'Why me?'
And get their answer when a little
Voice says, 'Because I love you best.'
Real Mothers know that a child's growth
Is not measured by height or years or grade...
It is marked by the progression of Mummy to Mum to Mother...
PS: This real mother DOES eat quiche..because I have a super easy recipe for it, which my family loves! The original used bacon, but we don't like pork, so I've replaced it with biltong (for my foreign readers, that's similar - but not quite the same - as jerky!)
Spinach & Biltong Quiche
1 large onion, chopped
1 bunch of spinach
a generous handful of sliced beef biltong
3 free range eggs
250 ml cream (or orley whip for a dairy free alternative)
salt & pepper
grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Fry the onion in a little oil.
Tear the spinach and cook in salty water for for about 3 minutes. Drain.
Add the onion and biltong to the cooked spinach and mix.
Pour into a greased quiche or pie dish.
Whisk the eggs, cream and seasoning and pour over the spinach mixture.
Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 35 minutes at 180 degrees Celcius, or until set and slightly browned.