That’s a picture of my Mom and me. I’m her only child. Our bond is unbreakable and as strong as a tsunami. I think of what a wonderful parent she has been to me my whole life. She raised me by herself and was a dedicated Mother who did her best to give me everything she could. People always assume because I’m an only child I must have been spoiled. I wouldn’t call it spoiled, I would call it showered with love. I didn’t grow up with a ton of toys but I did grow up with all of my Mom’s attention. She always talked to me allowing open dialogue and valued my opinion. She would recount stories to me of her youth and read me plenty of stories too. I always remember her reading to me when I was a kid. My Mom liked stories and she also appreciated good illustration. One of our all time favorite books to enjoy right before bed was an amazing book by the famed author Maurice Sendak called “In the Night Kitchen.” It’s about a little boy named Mickey who finds himself in the surreal world of the Night Kitchen, when 3 bakers think he is milk and add him as one of the ingredients to make the morning cake. Right before they are about to put the cake in the oven Mickey makes an airplane out of the dough and uses it to fly out of the cake and up to a big glass container of milk. Then dives into the milk singing, and takes some of the milk from the container and pours it into the bakers batter so everyone can have cake in the morning.
I think back on this book and wonder if it was one of the early influences that peaked my interest in baking? I still love this book and find the illustrations to be close to perfection. The picture of Mickey swimming in the milk pictured above is one of my favorites. I am glad that I have found a new collection of modern books to read to my son that also involve milk and amazing illustrations. Click here to download the books for free. Who knows? Maybe one of these books will not only encourage my son to drink milk before bed, which will help him sleep through the night, but they might also spark his interest in becoming an astronaut in search of the milky way or becoming a baker who will use milk in his cake recipe.