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Out of the Mouths of Babes

By Barbarajpeters @CouplesAuthor

As we passed the salad, veggies, main dish and rolls around the dinner table at my daughter’s house last week, family chatter centering on what happened at school that day reached a crescendo level.  There’s just so much happening in the kindergarten and third grade!

Out of the Mouths of BabesWhen we were clearing the dishes, I noticed a recipe on the refrigerator written in my eight-year-old granddaughter’s simple script. It was not the usual Betty Crocker type recipe so I asked her about it.

“Oh, my teacher gave us an assignment about character traits and wanted each of us to come up with a recipe with ingredients that would combine to make what we are. I think I’m like a cookie. What do you think, Grandma Barbara?”

Here’s what my young Martha Stewart wrote as her recipe:

The Katy Cookie

  • 2 cups generosity
  • 1 cup consideration
  • 2 tablespoons responsibility
  • 3 teaspoons open-mindedness
  • Just a pinch of pessimism

Mix two cups generosity with one cup consideration, using a blender set on High.

Now mix two tablespoons responsibility with three teaspoons of open-mindedness and blend on Medium.

Add the pinch of pessimism and mix well.

Pour the cookie batter in a square pan and bake at 350 degrees until it looks light brown.

Let the cookies cool for 20 minutes.

Cut the cookies into 3×3-inch squares.

Eat the cookies.


I wondered why my young Katy included pessimism as a trait she saw in herself, especially since she’s always so cheerful. I just had to ask her!

“Well, Grandma Barbara, I heard one time that some people have a glass of milk that’s half full, but they see it as half empty. I think that’s negative thinking, but sometimes I think that way too. I thought it was important to add that to my recipe.”

And to think Katy is only eight-years-old! I was speechless.

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