Winning Words 6/7/13
“As you go through life, make this your goal. Watch the donut, not the hole.” (Burl Ives) A friend has reminded me that today is National Donut Day. Do you have a favorite? Krispy Kremes? Mmmmm. Donut Day was established in 1938, by the Salvation Army to honor the women who served donuts to the soldiers in WW 1. No KKs in those days. Back to today’s quote…You can probably sing that song. ;-) Jack
FROM RI IN BOSTON: When I was a school kid there was nothing like coming home from school and finding a plate of freshly made donuts. On a day when mom had a little extra time, she would mix up the dough, press out the "o's", drop them into the oil, then shake them in a bag of sugar and stack them on a plate. With a glass of milk, there was nothing comparable. (Recently in one of your WW you commented that often we don't cherish what we have until it's gone...certainly true about moms.)====JACK: Not related to donuts....but I used to reach up on top of the refrigerator and surreptitiously take a cookie from the cookie jar. One time...SNAP!...my father has placed a mousetrap in the jar. Everyone had a laugh when they heard the "thief" being caught.
FROM HONEST JOHN: French Crullers====JACK: I agree. Those are good. However, I hard time turning my nose up at any donut.====JOHN: "Yield not to Temptation" ====JACK: I yielded and went to Tim Horton's for a dozen.====JOHN: We went to Greenfield Village and had tea and scones at the Cotswald Cottage Tea Garden....so I guess I yielded as well....yielding is such sweet sorrow....
FROM WALMART REV: Must respectfully center my thoughts on the "hole" and 55 pounds off my body...I remember the day that 3-4 KK's and a cold glass of milk would "make my day!'====JACK: Do they sell donut holes at Walmart? The probably come free, if you buy the donut.
FROM SHARIN' SHARON: I've been feeling over-worked and over-stressed. Burl Ives/your WW are the perfect WW to read this morning!!!!! Thanks again for the spiritual uplift!!!!!====JACK: There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee, a fresh donut and Burl Ives to relieve the stress.
FROM FACEBOOK LIZ: the qc's only krispy kreme closed a couple of years ago. :(====JACK: My first donut of the day was a KK. You may not have Krispy Kremes, but you have Whitey's.
FROM PH IN MINNESOTA: but i love donut holes!!====JACK: That because you're a hole-y man.
FROM CS IN WISCONSIN: Now that your mention the Salvation Army Donut Hole Day, I can remember as a child getting the little cardboard donut on a string – if you made a donation. That was a lot of years ago and a memory I’d forgotten.====JACK: The Salvation Army has done many good things with the contributions received.
FROM TAMPA SHIRL: I guess the original Krispy Kreme is here in Tampa on Kennedy Blvd. The children used to sell boxes of them as fundraisers for school and teams. Knowing what is important in life is very important.====JACK: It's said that you learn something new every day, of you pay attention. Now I know Krispy Kreme originated. Some say that Dairy Queen originated in Moline.====MORE FROM SHIRL: You are really jogging my memory. When I lived on Riverside Drive at International Drive in New York,Burl Ives and his family lived right next door, and one of my friends was a baby sitter for his children. We liked his music, too. Juillard Music School was across the street, and one of our friends lived in the tower with her harp. Harping back to the old days,even though we were graduate students from all over the world, the women lived in one wing and the men in another. We only shared the cafeteria and the lobby and the auditorium. What a difference 50 years make. With DDay being yesterday, I wonder what the GIs would think of the country they saved 69 years ago today.====What about the WW 1 vets who made the world "safe for democracy?"
FROM DMF ON THE WAY TO MINNESOTA: You should have put a link to the song in your WW. ====JACK: Burl Ives - The Doughnut Song - 1951.wmv - YouTube
FROM ME IN NEWPORT BEACH: I remember reading essentially the same
saying on the end of a donut carton that my Dad used to purchase, do not
remember the brand. "As you travel on through life Brother, whatever
be your goal, keep you eye upon the donut and not upon the hole."====JACK: The years have passed, but as I remember him, your dad was one who had his eye on the "donut."====ME: Literally and figuratively.
FROM LISA IN ARIZONA: Thank you for the link to the Burl Ives song; I'll have that stuck in my head for a few days now! I always think of him and the good ol' Christmas cartoon specials! My favorite donuts are crullers. The Koci's used to always bring donuts into entice us high schoolers into their Sunday School class. With their class, they didn't need the extra enticement, but, they definitely got me hooked on crullers! Those were my grandpa's favorites, too.====JACK: I remember certain SS teachers, too, and not just for the treats.
FROM RJP IN NAPLES: The proper way to say it is As you go through life brother, let one thing be your goal, keep you eye upon the donut and not upon the hole.......I have been telling my kids that for over 40 years as a way of saying.... Focus on what is important, not the frivolous. Burl Ives was not the first to use this phrase as it has been around almost as long as you........ but not quite dating back to Moses ====JACK: The quote is attributed to several people...even to Ogden Nash (probably not true).
FROM INDY GENIE: Burl Ives was one of the Lillstrom kids favorites. Our dad bought a Burl Ives LP for us and we memorized every word of it! Good music...good man (Burl and our dad)....great memory :) ====JACK: I never met Burl, but I knew your dad, and I liked him very much. He was a good man.