|Umbilical Cord and the Baby Gate box|
It accompanies Dreaming of Running the Bases and the title book, Baby Gate.
|3 books in the Baby Gate box|
Umbilical Cord has a green pastepaper cover, with a photograph of a baby and a mobile phone. It's boustrophedon pages are folded accordion-style then tied with a green grosgrain ribbon.
|the modern baby gate...|
Inside, the title page continues the imagery of the cell phone...
...which leads up to the text of the book... cell phone text messages between a mother and her son starting the day before her grandson is born... and leading until his one-week birthday.
|text of text messages|
|24 hours of intermittent texts...|
|waiting.... and waiting.... and waiting....|
|(Mom, 6:36pm): "I'm comfy in the waiting room..." ...then, |
(Son, 9:42pm): "Sam is here. And wonderful"
Imagine lots of cheering, hugging, and jumping around in the waiting room; and much snuggling, hugging, and tears of joy in the delivery room. Then, a query from the waiting room...
|(Grand'mom): how's our girl?|
(son): Great. She wants the grandmas to come up...
Imagine a huge Woohoo! in the waiting room. And the remainder of the book? .... 36 pages of photos of a new grandbaby.
|standard to all grandma's cell phones... a full photo cache of grandkids|
At the end of the first week...
|Gram and Sam|