Truth From The Mouths of Babes

The Gettysburg Address was 272 words and yet stands as one of the most iconic writings in history. We now have a type of Gettysburg Address of our generation. In just 137 words (almost 40 fewer words than Lincoln), this elementary student writes a moving call to arms coupled with a sense of deep sorrow. Like Lincoln, the student expresses profound pain of a nation with simple penetrating prose.

Matthew 21:16: And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

Source: Reddit

42 thoughts on “Truth From The Mouths of Babes

  1. I’ve never bought doughnuts from a doughnut shop, so am I missing something? Bagels are bread and doughnuts are fried batter. The only point of similarity is the shape. Are doughnut shop doughnuts undercover bagels?

  2. I weep for this young person that has never had a real bagel. Too many places push those light, airy, bread rolls under the label ‘bagel’. It has created a generation that could compare the sugary puff of a doughnut to should be a hearty warrior that requires effort to eat and provides shy persons the strength to do what needs to be done.

    Word count: 64

  3. In regard to the kid’s desire to only eat junk food (and to religious belief) I reply with 1 Corinthians 13:11. Some people grow up and learn that consuming junk isn’t for them. Such people also learn to appreciate the value and taste of things that are healthy to consume.

  4. Blouise,

    I’ve never had a DD bagel and I’m not promoting them , but it’s a cute ad…

    Frankly said, “I weep for this young person that has never had a real bagel.” As

    As bagel aficionados know, there are bagels… and then there are “real bagels.”

  5. “As bagel aficionados know, there are bagels… and then there are “real bagels.”” (ap)

    Truth! And nothing quite like the REAL cream cheese (Philadelphia), lox, a thin slice of tomato and an equally thin one of red onion all topped with a sprinkle of capers atop that lightly toasted bagel. Heck, one of those and you don’t have to eat for the rest of the day!

    However, that elementary school writer’s ability to capture the lonely bagel’s ugliness amid all that frosted beauty is remarkable. I’d suggest a GB slot except I don’t know to whom I should address my suggestion. … and I try to stay off the Corrections page … it’s scary over there …😉

  6. Blouise, That is my favorite breakfast with the exception of the cream cheese. I prefer house made but Philadelphia is the best substitute.

  7. I try to stay off the Corrections page … it’s scary over there …😉

    lol, Blouise. (We know what is said about “imitation”… and flattery…)

    Now if you could beam me one of those bagels with lox, tomato, red onions and capers. And, as you said, only “REAL” cream cheese. It’s almost noon, so I’ll pass on coffee and have mine with a “REAL” Coke, Not a diet Coke. A REAL Coke. Heaven. I’ll be waiting. :-)

  8. The concept of bagel and Dunkin Donuts is an oxymoron. Sadly, the knowledge of how one bakes “real” bagels is fast becoming a lost art.

    “Truth! And nothing quite like the REAL cream cheese (Philadelphia), lox, a thin slice of tomato and an equally thin one of red onion all topped with a sprinkle of capers atop that lightly toasted bagel.”


    Each to their own. However, take away the tomato and capers, make the bagel garlic and I’m with you. Unfortunately, one of the minor, yet sorely missed losses from my heart transplant is that I’m o longer able to eat lox due to my immuno suppressant medication. It is unfortunately “cold smoked” to a temperature that is unacceptable to my suppressed immune system. Then too, I’m not longer able to eat sushi for similar reasons. however, considering that I’m still breathing, both those losses are trifles.

  9. Mike,

    I didn’t know that about lox and you have my whole-hearted sympathies as lox is irreplaceable, however, it is as you say, a small price to pay.

  10. Bloiuse, I even add a piece of leaf lettuce. It is a complete meal. lol A friend’s nephew has a bagel shop here. He comes from Long Island so he knows what he is doing. Einstein’s bagels does not cut it.

  11. ap,

    Yes! REAL coke! Though SwM turned me onto what down south is called Mexican Coke and up north is called Kosher coke … made with sugar cane instead of corn syrup and taking us back to those days at the soda fountain … at least I go back to the soda fountain (don’t know how old you are).

    Yep, heaven.

    However, I am back on my holiday diet (lose 5 pounds before each holiday so I can eat without guilt and fear of a lecture from my doctor) so the bagel and coke will have to wait for Christmas.

  12. Mike,

    I wonder about the creamcheese spreads that contain lox. It would seem that the prep of the spread would remove the dangers of the lox contained therein. Not the same, I know, but maybe a possibility?

  13. Great.

    Now I want a bagel and doughnuts.

    And somewhere, the patron saint of baked and fried breakfast breads, St. Homer of Springfield, gets his wings . . .

  14. SwM,

    The corner deli here is the best place for bagels. They do their own and next time I’m in there I’ll ask where they learned.

    As to Einstein’s, never had theirs. Walked into one and it didn’t smell right so I left.

    ap is a fellow addict!

  15. “Einstein’s bagels does not cut it.”


    You don’t know how true that is. A sad imitation as are Lender’s a store brand.


    Lox spread is but a far distant imitation of the taste and smooth consistency of Lox and I can’t take the chance. I of course eat and loved grilled and baked salmon, but lox…………..oh the taste I remember of lox.

    A true story. While I was recuperating for a month in the hospital part of what kept me going, save for life’s breath itself, was the idea that the first day home I would order in Ahi Tuna, another of my favorites. I mentioned this to my Physician’s Assistant, a reserve Army Medical Corps Colonel who helped instill discipline int us transplant patients, the day before discharge. He told me I couldn’t have it in no uncertain terms and was not impressed by my disappointment.

  16. Mike,

    What a dunderhead … and yes, I see nothing wrong with chopping off the head of the messenger … probably a habit left over from one of my past lives.

  17. Now that I am starving for lox and bagels, my son wants to go eat Mexican food at MI Cocina on the way to the airport. Maybe I will have the Mexican coke, Blouise.

  18. Corporate America has increased the size of a bagel by 70% from the original sized Jewish deli bagel. They have massacred pizza and pasta and eviscerated Mexican and Chinese food. They are satan trying to kill us w/ large amounts of sh!tty food. And they are winning.

  19. SWM, I shop @ a grocery store in Madison that has many Mexican employees and customers. They sell Mexican Coke and it does taste like the soda of my youth. I don’t drink regular soda, but bought a couple just to see if I could taste a difference.

  20. nick,

    You can say that again!

    The trick is to find the small, family owned deli, restaurant, corner-grocery, bakery, butcher, bar and patronize them. That and reading the Turley Blog where upon one will uncover some wonderful recipes and cooking hints. It’s serendipitous to a legal blog.

    BTW … interesting experience this Thanksgiving. We had a large gathering at my daughter’s and one of my son-in-law’s relatives, a quiet and unassuming fellow who I knew slightly, was there. His wife approached me during the hors doeuvre/cocktails and quietly asked me if I would ask her husband to do the turkey carving. Realizing that this was some kind of male, ego ritual … I decided to forge ahead and do it being a strong believer in don’t seek permission/apologize later school of manners.

    I asked him and he whispered, “I’d like to if no one else minds.” He then explained that several years ago, while recovering from an illness, he had been stuck at home with nothing but the TV for company and had channel surfed to a cooking show and learned how to carve a turkey.

    When the turkey was ready I announced that Uncle ___ would be doing the carving. I gave him the carving set and went to another room. The men all gathered round him and started oohing and ahhing. He zipped through that turkey with a speed and perfection none of them had witnessed before. It was carving perfection for which he received several slaps on the back and was designated the “carver” forever.

    He was quite talkative for the rest of the day and his wife was literally beaming. Hidden talents.

  21. Gene H.
    1, November 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    You were the Queen of Hearts, Blouise? :)


    Probably a really nasty general. Only the :mrgreen: knows!

  22. When I lived in NYC I brought a baker’s dozen bagels from H&H bagels (sadly gone now). They were so big and heavy that as I walked from the train and through the station I ended up giving away one then 2 then 3 then 4 because the bag was just so darn heavy.

  23. Once I had my NYC bagels every other bagel store, forget Sara Lee and lenders, (if a bagel could sue for defamation of the name of bagel…), has been just a purveyor of poor cousins.
    I have made bagels myself (did taste like them but still they were not like a really good NYC bagel) I did nto realize how long you boiled them made a difference.
    Put the right stuff on it (: and Im with you with the bialy..

  24. Blouise, You have a good heart. Holidays can bring out the best and worst in families. We headed up to Mn. to have a 2nd dinner w/ our new inlaws on Saturday. I expected traffic to be light but it was quite heavy. I surmise it was families who were over fed and fed up, making a break early. But, it’s mostly good, and gestures like yours are that make them so.

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