Mrs FB rustled her newspaper and said, 'I see you're a bit of a pimp these days.'
It was only through extreme self control that FB retained the mouthful of coffee he had just imbibed. Over the course of their years together Mrs FB had referred to him by many terms, some of them implying endearment, the majority the opposite. But this was a first. He was unaware of the circumstances which had lead to her accusation. But he was confident that she would shortly enlighten him.
She duly drew his attention to the newspaper article which had stimulated her observation. From it he discovered that touted to emerge as one of this year's food trends is pimped porridge.
'See, this is what counts for journalism these days,' Mrs FB snorted - for she was once a member of that much reduced and maligned profession. Recovering from the distraction of her sisterly concern at the plight of a fellow professional having to present such hollow fare to her editor, she returned to her main point.
'You've been a pimp for years.'
FB was uncertain whether this was an accusation, a compliment or a mere statement of fact. It was of no matter, for the answer in each case was identical.
For FB had been pimping his porridge in no uncertain style for many years. He understands that ignorance is no defence in the eyes of the law. He might not have known that he was pimping. But pimping he was - unaware of how far ahead of the curve of fashion he was.
He had started out in a small way - which he suspects is not an uncommon claim in pleas of mitigation among members of the pimping classes. Eschewing the traditional salted porridge he at first sprinkled a little muscovado sugar or a squirt of maple syrup. But this led on to more significant delights such as apricot puree, cherry compote, stewed rhubarb, and a range of exotically flavoured yoghurts. That very morning under Mrs FB's watchful gaze he had pimped in high style with blueberries, muscovado sugar and winter spice Greek yoghurt.
Mrs FB was off her long run.
'What else have you been pimping then?'
He invited Mrs FB to recall his excitement a couple of years ago when a couriered package from Gray Nicolls arrived containing his new Nitro bat. He reminded her of the temporary coarseness of his language when he discovered that the weapon was covered in unsightly stickers. In the parlance of today it had been subject to extreme pimping. It was a mess. FB spent many hours , stripping the garish blazes, stripes and chevrons from its back to leave an unsullied surface.
Yes FB was a confirmed depimper.
Away from the porridge field that is.