Monday, August 25, 2008

You Are What You Eat

In the past few weeks, the dietary habits of some Olympic athletes have been of interest; Michael Phelps with his 12,500 calories per day, Russian gymnasts eating only half a kernel of wheat and 3 gallons of water.

It brought to mind a poem that I read years ago, but only bits and pieces could be brought to the front of my mind...

But regular life marches on, and I was fogging for mosquitoes at my sister’s house on Sunday, and after I finished, she we stood around and talked for awhile.

As we talked my eyes fell upon an old volume of “Best Loved Poems of the American People”. I remembered that it was my grandfather’s book that I had read selections from many times. And there was that poem in there that I had remembered a couple of lines from. These few lines had haunted me for somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty five years.

Below is the entire poem, finally.


Methuselah ate what he found on his plate,
And never, as people do now,
Did he note the amount of the calorie count;
He ate it because it was chow.
He wasn’t disturbed as at dinner he sat,
Devouring a roast or a pie,
To think it was lacking in granular fat,
Or a couple of vitamins shy.
He cheerfully chewed each species of food,
Unmindful of troubles or fears
Lest his health might be hurt
By some fancy dessert;
And he lived over nine hundred years.


The book carries a 1936 copyright, and my mother gave it to her father for Christmas, inscribed:
“Merry Christmas
To Daddyboy
From Lila” (with a little circle dotting the “I”)

My sister and I agreed to share the book back and forth to read all of those old poems again.

I'll likely eat some ice cream while doing so.


DammitWomann said...

Wonderful poem and a great moment with your sister. Certainly shows that times have changed........sigh.

Ice cream? Absolutely... but add chocolate sauce!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fogging of pests and another great visit! ;)
I need to buy some Blue Bell on the way home.

DammitWomann said...

Is Blue Bell ice cream?

Anonymous said...

Yes, The best!!...sorry, I forget sometimes that it is only in a limited area (made in Brenham, TX).

DammitWomann said...

Actually, I think I have heard of it. It's just not avaialble here in CA. darnit..............

aA said...

Blue Bell Supreme Ice Cream is one reason that they won't let me on skateboards, trampolines, amusement park rides, etc...because I exceed the weight limit.

THAT RIGHT THERE is worth the cost!

Oooh, but the ice cream...mmmmMMMmmm!

DammitWomann said...

Well, I'll just have to keep my eyes open for it when I travel. Thanks for the tip. I do have a weakness for the ice cream....