When Eli outgrew his crib, we moved him into a big-boy bed in a now shared room with Ben and I–for the first time in my life–got an office. One small room with a desk and, well, yes, a pull-out couch because it’s our guest room, too. But mostly it is my office, with a tall bookshelf stacked with my old grad student books (the ones I wasn’t so sick of that I sold back), and my favorite novels, and tons of anthologies, and one little picture book about food that never made it down to the kitchen, where it belongs. It’s a collection of Andy Warhol’s comments about food, illustrated with his drawings, and now everyday after his nap, Eli comes bombing down the hall with his blanket and his bear and his bunny and his two doggies and his ball (because ever since our trip east last month he is a dog, he says, who needs to sleep with a ball), and he pulls the book off the shelf and says, “Mama, let’s read Yum Yum!” So we do.
Some of the lines are profound:
“Progress is very important and exciting in everything except food.”
And some of them are not so profound:
“Tab is Tab, and no matter how rich you are, you can’t get a better one.”
Some are sweet truisms:
“It’s nice to have a little breakfast made for you.”
And some make excellent points:
“When you want an orange, you don’t want someone asking you, ‘An orange what?'”
This is my favorite line:
“I love the way the smell of each fruit gets into the rough wood of the crates and into the tissue-paper wrappings.”
And this is Eli’s:
My only regret was that I didn’t have an ice cream scoop in my pocket.
I don’t remember how the book came to us, but I’m glad we have it. As Eli says, “I’m great fond of this book!”