By FRANCES ASH
IT was really reading the wording on some Christmas cards that made me start thinking about honesty. 1 don't mean the kind of honesty we learn as children from the Commandments, but the kind of verbal honesty we use in our every day life. I suppose really it ought to be called sincerity.
Just stop to think for a moment of the sort of things we say to each other every das. For instance. take the daily phrase on meeting. someone "How do you do?" This is a question and it means what it says! But do we ever wait for an answer?
Someone murmurs "Fine thanks" and he next person says "How do ou do?" and nobody really cares. Why? Well, I suppose it's because it has become so automatic that it is used merely as a greeting like saying "Good Morning."
You don't really want to know how the other person is do you? I must confess I find this kind of rhetorical question, without the least interest in my reply, so irritating that I often reply swiftly "I'm rotten, thank you" whereupon my questioner looks terribly surprised and is sometimes shocked into murmuring "l'm so sorry, what is wrong with you?"
Then of course I'm stumped and it serves me right!
BUT joking apart, it is really important for us to try to teach our children that questions politely asked deserve a polite and truthful an swer.
There is too much insincerity in the world as it is and I feel sure it is time we took stock and tried to be more honest in speech.
Being honest is sometimes a tricky thing. You may Meet the sort of person who sass "Well, of course, I believe in being frank and so I told her . ."
This so-called frankness is nearly always an excuse to be downright rude and to hurt people. 'The truth is right but surely it is sometimes permissible to avoid uttering it in order not to hurt someone?
LOVE MAKES BEAUTIFUL
pARTICULARLY is A this true with children. Your child may write or draw or sew something for you and it is really frightful. 1 his you mast conceal and you tie like a trooper telling them how beautiful it is.
You do this because if you said what you really thought you would not only hurt that child but you would destroy its confidence in itself and in you.
I maintain that this sort of lie is permissible and indeed necessary as necessary as encouragement and praise are to a developing child. I hope we shall all remember this when we get those rather odd looking Christmas presents made with love and care for our enjoyment by our children. It shouldn't be so difficult. for the love with which these things are made of itself makes them beautiful.
[his is Boswell. Obviously a
purebred philosopher but for all that amazingly loveable for an intellectual. Boswell has been sketched by his owner Evelyn Leavens ever since he was a puppy. She has followed his life-a life rich in hones, long naps, and time for reflection in quiet puddles-with one sketch after another until "Boa
AND speaking of making beautiful presents reminds me again of food. Many of you will have already done your puddings and cakes for Christmas, hut for those of you who haven't yet got round to it, I'd like to give you one or two simple tips.
A good pudding needs at least six hours boiling now and another two the day you are going to eat it. if you arc lucky enough to own a pressure cooker you can save hours of boiling and gas by doing the pudding in it. But do put a piece of material, preferably flannel at the bottom of the pressure cooker or you will find that the basin may crack.
Put water in the cooker up to the bottom of the rim round your basin, then after pressure point has been reached. cook on a fairly low gas for l or 2 hours according to the size of the pudding.
Tip number two is if you are going to put sixpences in the puds, For goodness sake remember to boil them first! I boil mine in the egg saucepan for as long at 20 minutes to make quite sure I've got all the dirt and infection on them properly killed.
You'd be surprised at the number of people wo don't do this and just think where those sixpences have been!
Tip number three is for those of you who arc not teetotal. I always beat my liquid for the cakes and puddings up together with whatever alcohol I can raise. Brandy is of course, the best. rum is next best and lastly sweet sherry makes a good substitute for these. Stout helps to make the puddings darker and also adds to the flavour.
SAY, unashamedly, I am a mushroom fan. I like them all sorts of ways. Last week I promised readers another French recipe and here it is: Champignons a la Creme.
well's Life of Boswell"-his biography, has now been puh. lished by The Worlds Work (1913) Ltd. at 9s. 6d. Boswell can be subtle, blunt. scientific ally detached (as with butterflies), he puts a good deal of himself into everything he does (as into his feeding bowl) and is altogether solemn (to him), but extremely funny (to us).
Halfa pound of dry, fresh mushrooms (sometimes these are rather damp in the shops so go on looking until you find some which are really dry); .l medium sized onion, pint fresh cream, salt, peppb.r. Chop onions very fine and fry golden brown in butter or oil..Pecl and slice mushrooms and their stalks. Turn the sliced mushrooms in the onions over a medium gas for five to ten minutes. Add pepper and salt. Do nothing else until all are seated at table. Then add and stir in the fresh cream, re-heat and serve immediately either as a delicacy before the main course or as a vegetable with steak or chops.
Do let me know if you enjoy this recipe-it should be enough for four people.
maYseem to readers
that I'm rather labouring this matter of women of the world praying for peace all together at a given time. Perhaps I am, but I do feel most strongly that it is a matter so vital to a lot of u.s that I may be forgiven for so doing. I've had a lot of letters in favour of this iclest and they all seem to agree that half a minute at 9 p.m. every night whatever and wherever one is, to say the Lord's Prayer mentally for World Peace, would surely have an effect. The only thing is, how do we get all the women all over the world to join us in this'? It doesn't matter what nationality they are for peace is surely desired by won of every nationality, colour women creed. Would readers care to send me suggestions as to how this idea might he spread throughout the world?
THE MISSING SAINT
IS still missing ! No one has yet written to tell me who might be the patron saint of photography or to suggest a suitable
Saint for this office. not the only one interested, some waders have written to say they Would like to know, too. So do have bit of a hunt, and will too, and let's see if we can't solve this mystery between
D°you know that a Dimple Whisky bottle (empty, of course!) will hold very nearly £40 of sixpences? It's a jolly good way of saving and somehow its nnore fun than trying to put it in the Post Office or Bank. The bottom of my bottle is about an inch high so far and was hoping to fill it by Christmas. I can see that it will have to serve for our summer holidays next year!