Thursday, March 3, 2022

My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers


My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers

My uncle ordered popovers
from the restaurant's bill of fare.
And, when they were served,
he regarded them
with a penetrating stare.
Then he spoke great Words of Wisdom
as he sat there on that chair:
"To eat these things,"
said my uncle,
"You must exercise great care.
You may swallow down what's solid
you must spit out the air."

as you partake of the world's bill of fare,
that's darned good advice to follow.
Do a lot of spitting out the hot air,
and be careful what you swallow.

-Dr. Seuss

What can I say? Yesterday was Dr. Seuss day, i.e., Theodor Geisel's birthday. He would have been 118 if he'd still been with us.

It seems Dr. Seuss got talked into giving a commencement address once upon a time and was given an honorary doctorate as a sweetener. He was shy and hated the idea of talking at a bunch of people. And this, in its entirety, was his commencement address. It would have been a lot more memorable than my commencement address... (Details here.)

I can't say such silly stuff, sir. And happy belated Dr. Seuss day!