A few weeks ago my sister Marian came to town, so I took the day out to hang out with my sisters and parents. We went to our family’s favorite restaurant, El Matador, in Bountiful. It’s a Mexican restaurant owned by an Armenian family, and SO yummy. I practically grew up there; we celebrate every special occasion there, and it’s the first place we go when any family visits from out of town. Yum.
Zach doesn’t care for our family’s favorite restaurant. I joke that it’s a good thing we got married out of state, before I knew that he didn’t like El Mat. Otherwise, he might never have made it into the family.
After lunch we went to a great local used book store, The Book Garden, up the street a ways. I saw this cardboard box in the kid’s section and debated with myself for a good 10 minutes about whether I just HAD to buy the set. I’m on a tight budget. These books reminded me of the Childcraft Encyclopedia set (just like this!!) we had when I was young, which I would spend HOURS reading and thinking about. I wondered if my son would even care about this kind of thing when he gets older. My sisters said, who cares if HE’LL like it, YOU’LL like reading them all.
So, just as the decision clicked to buy the books, and I picked the box up to carry it to the cash register, my sister Marian pulled out a twenty and said “Here you go sweetie, A little present”. WOW! Such a nice treat!
The set was published by Children’s Press, Grolier, in 1974, and the covers and pictures remind me of my childhood.
Honestly, what sold me was the sweet volume about caring for animals.