T has a maddening capacity to eat very, very, v e r r r r r y, slowly. Of course he can eat quickly if he wants to, inhaling ice-cream comes to mind, but should we be talking peas (one at a time) or breakfast cereal (tiny amounts on the tip of the spoon as he natters on, and on, and on) we're on to a loser.
Yesterday I was the loser. Faced with a bowl of Weetabix rapidly starting to resemble concrete I lost my temper and shouted.
'Will you just eat a bit more quickly. Have a big spoonful. Now!'
Brown eyes wide he looked up, duly loaded his spoon and forced a mountain into his mouth.
He chewed carefully, squishing the mush from one side to the other. Then he looked at me.
'There Mummy, are you happy now?'
Two going on thirteen.