Excepts taken from "Just Thoughts of a Plain Country Woman" published in February 9, 1950 in The Collinsville News.
". . . . Through it all, they, as well as we, were looking for a way to have good children; here is an old recipe presenting a philosophy that might well be followed through all the ages:
Preserve Choice Children
Take 1 large grassy field; 1/2 dozen children, 2 or 3 small dogs, pinch of brooks and some pebbles. Mix children and dogs well together and put them in the field, stirring constantly; Pour the brook over the pebbles; sprinkle the field with flowers; spread over all a deep blue sky and bake in the hot sun. When thoroughly brown, remove and set away to cool in a bathtub."