It’s Not All Mary Poppins

A Couple of Quotes

Seen on a blackboard outside a business this morning:

“Each generation is a fresh infestation of savages.”
-Harvey Allen

From my pocket calendar:
“Pretty much all the truth-telling done in the world is done by children.”

Guess which one I think is a pile of … diaper gleanings?

March 25, 2006 - Posted by | controversy, memes and quizzes, random and odd


  1. um, the children telling truth? do I get a prize? do I? do I? 🙂

    Comment by jen-o-rama | March 25, 2006 | Reply

  2. I’m with Jen on this one. Can we share the prize?

    Comment by Granny | March 25, 2006 | Reply

  3. Definitely Anonymous.

    You know, I think that generally words lacking ownership tend to be a pile of pottyfiller.

    Comment by MsSisyphus | March 25, 2006 | Reply

  4. doan care I guess cause I am caught up on the fact that diaper gleanings is a brilliant attribution!

    Comment by mo-wo | March 26, 2006 | Reply

  5. I was thinking of taking a contrary position. But then I realized that this anonymous character probably created this quote as an adult, so by her/his own admission, you can’t take what s/he says as truthful.

    Comment by aaron | March 26, 2006 | Reply

  6. Both are true. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. It doesn’t matter, because when all said and done, theres a lot more said than done!

    Comment by Anonymous | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  8. I was going to argue too–until I read Aaron’s comment. (Hmmmmm…)
    Still, I don’t see you as one comparing tiny tots to savages and I know you hear the truth in what they say!
    So I’ll be happy to equate “diaper gleanings” with Mr. Allen!

    BTW–I try not to use the “s” word and am trying (though failing) to get my kids to stop using “poop” so I am hereby stealing your phrase and we will, from now on, use “diaper gleanings!”

    Comment by LoryKC | March 27, 2006 | Reply

  9. Jen, Granny, MsS: Yes, indeed. Prize? Ummm…the satisfaction of being on the same wave-length as moi???

    MsS: “Pottyfiller”. Love it! Just so long as you never confuse it with that other stuff, and start spackling…

    mo-wo: You think? I was a little uncertain about it. Seemed a wee bit precious, so I’m reassured by your comment. Thank you!

    Aaron, Chosa, Lory: Nope. Witness my wicked grin. Bwah-ha.

    The Globe and Mail published a long and fascinating article two or three years back entitled “The Most Violent People on Earth”. Know who they are? Toddlers. Dismayed by this?

    Consider, if you will, the average two-year-old, and then imagine him/her six feet tall and 200 pounds. Is that not a frightening image? Why? Because toddlers are not yet civilized. They are creatures of emotion and impulse, far more likely to scream or hit when disappointed than consider and discuss – they are, in a word, savages.

    As for the truth-telling done by children, well, yes and no. Prior to age three or so, a child tells the truth because they are so self-centered that they do not realise that someone can believe something they know to be false. So, “Did you take that cookie?” They’ll answer honestly – because that’s the only answer there is.

    Small children also lack the social awareness to know when not to blurt out a bit of the truth that wouldn’t be blurted by an adult. “That lady is very fat.” “Why is your skin all crumpled up like that, grampa?” “My mommy says your new car is ugly.”

    However, by the time they’re four or five or so, and have learned that a lie can screen them from consequences of an action? I think they’re every bit as likely to consciously lie as an adult.

    Anonymous: Oh, look! Another anonymous truism!

    Comment by Mary P. | March 27, 2006 | Reply

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