My kids were little and we were by the lake. I was making Nutella sandwiches.
“And if we ever have kids, they’re not eating any of that crap,” this guy sitting near(ish) to us said to his girlfriend.
Now I wonder if this guy really thought I couldn’t hear or thought I couldn’t understand. Although the latter seems more doubtful as my kids will have surely been speaking Italian at some stage and so chances are I would speak Italian too. Or simply he didn’t care whether I heard or not.
In any case, I just smiled to myself as I too had been that mother of the my kids will never eat Nutella variety. Before I had kids. Then I had kids and if my older son loves chocolate then that’s my fault as I distinctly remember sharing chocolate when he was probably only just about old enough for it to be considered appropriate for him to eat it.
Needless to say, he loves Nutella. Ask any Italian child and they will tell they love Nutella. It’s an institution. School kids take Nutella sandwiches for their mid morning break. They eat it as a snack when they come home from school.
Both my own kids love Nutella, and every time I bring a jar of Nutella into the house, I am generally horrified by how little time it lasts and each time I vow that not another jar of Nutella is setting foot in this house.
Until the next time.
“Brioche with Nutella?” A friend asked me one day when we were having bar at the breakfast.
It was more of a kids’ thing. Nutella wasn’t for adults.
Oh but Nutella is for adults too. There’s panettone spread with Nutella at Christmas. there’s being up in the mountains all crammed into a house and staying up late and dipping leftover bread into a jar of Nutella that was supposed to last the week, there’s sitting round the table with your kids after school eating Nutella sandwiches and knowing that it’s for your benefit as much as theirs.
It’s the comfort, like mashed potato and mashed up Weetabix, comfort where the world seems to have lost it, comfort where there are times you’re living that you’d really rather not be living at that moment in time.
It’s a part of the world that’s always there, that’s telling you that things are still as they should be.
And if all this is signified in a jar of soft, velvety Nutella and a piece of bread, then surely there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.