BREAKING: Things their mothers and grandmothers said!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2018

The one thing our own mother told us:
As it turns out, mothers and grandmothers have said the darnedest things! We say this after encountering anecdotes from several contemporary candidates or semi-candidates.

Kamala Harris is one such person. She reports this bit of advice:

“My mother used to tell me, ‘Kamala, you may be the first to do many things. Make sure you are not the last.’ ”

Her mother didn't say it just once. Her mother used to say that to her. She said it on a regular basis!

Our own sainted mother wasn't like that. We can think of almost nothing she ever said in the general area of wisdom or advice. One exception would be her prediction concerning PBS.

One day, in the mid-1950s, we were down at [NAME WITHHELD]'s house. He went on to be the only person to serve as president of the Harvard literary magazine, The Advocate, for two separate years.

Learned Hand never pulled it off. Neither did James Agee. Only NAME WITHHELD accomplished this feat—in his sophomore and junior years!

Almost surely, [NAME WITHHELD]'s mother deserves the credit for this.

Mrs. NAME WITHHELD was always generating ways for us neighborhood kids to improve ourselves intellectually. One day, she told us about the exciting new TV station which would soon be on the air.

She told us we'd be able to learn all sorts of things from this exciting new channel's educational programs. There wouldn't be any stupid shows of the type we were seeing elsewhere. Presumably, she was announcing the birth of WGBH, Boston's PBS station.

Mrs. NAME WITHHELD'S presentation filled us with childish ardor. We rushed home to tell our own mother about the exciting new channel.

We described the exciting educational shows the new channel would be offering. "Tuh," our sainted mother said. "Tuh! You won't like that!"

Our sainted mother was like that. In fairness, we can't say she was totally wrong on that one particular point.

9 comments:

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  2. Here's the eighteenth piano concerto of Mozart, performed by G├ęza Anda and the Camerata Academica des Salzburgers Mozarteums.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAh6vb4khRY

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    1. Shouldn't you make us listen to concertos 1-17 first? It will be hard picking things up in the middle like this.

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  3. "announcing the birth of WGBH, Boston's PBS station"

    That one used to be good, actually; plenty of good blues. But it's the other one - WBUR - that I made a mistake to listen to a few weeks ago. This one has all the intellectual rigor of the 1990s Rush Limbaugh show. Horrible, man.

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  4. This is very revealing. Somerby doesn't think anything his mother ever said to him was wise. No wonder he seems to dislike women in general. He doesn't respect his own mother.

    Why doesn't it occur to Somerby that Kamala Harris, being black, might be more aware of the fact that people tend to look upon individual African Americans as representatives of their race, thus her mom may have been more aware of the possibility that Harris would be treated as a role model, for better or worse?

    Why doesn't Somerby think before he posts this nostalgic goo?

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