Archive | August 22, 2012

A Mom & Daughter Puzzle – The Empty Pot

“Well Mom, who wrote the Quote?”

Me: “No one seems to know”

Daughter: “Did you do your own reasearch?”

Me: “I tried, could not find anything but anonymous”

Daughter: “Let’s Google it!!”

Me: shaking my head.  Of Course!


Need to find an answer today ask your kid. I recently posted the poem below and although I could not find any answer myself and settled for anonymous like thousands of other bloggers seem to be doing right along with me. Leave it to my ethical child who as she has always claimed was raised by her hippie mom would not accept the answer that we could not find who to attribute the poem too.

The partial poem in question was

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
* If you  plant goodness, you will reap friends
* If you plant humility, you will reap  greatness
* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
* If you  plant consideration, you will reap perspective
* If you plant hard work, you  will reap success
* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation…….

(excerpt from full poem)

My daughter is a brilliant & ethical. She also cannot abide by people taking credit for something they should not. She gave me props (Thank you kid!) for not at least letting it appear I wrote it, but she was not accepting the anonymous story. As she said to me, “It came from somewhere. She has such a great point. And me? What was my excuse for not hunting further than a casual internet search in which I saw anonymous so many times on its first page I accepted it. But just for a second resource because that is what I do I then went to my 10 pound book of Bartlet‘s Book Of Quotations” that has been my companion for almost 45 yrs. Again. Nothing. So my great analytical research mind accepted this. I posted and said credit should go where  credit is due,  but I could not give a credit. And I was wrong. Thanks Kid!

Thanks to my daughter and her computer experience and knowledge of the Google search Engine she & I can give this poem it’s proper credit. I’m kind of  proud of this kid of mine. She had emergency brain surgery 3 years ago as some of you know and she has a better analytical mind than mine is sweet.  Not that there wa sany great impairments she has had some issues. She just keeps improving. And that is SO sweet.

My kid, daughter #2, mother of my grandson who I have also mentioned in prior posts found the answer we bloggers have been looking for,  The author of this poem. MY ethical child who could not let it go, she and I worked together for about 15 minutes hunting down one link after another until we found a book. This book contains this quote in it;s entirety.  It may only be a partial source and the author may have used  it too not knowing if it is that old of a quote. We read too that the quote may date back to ancient Chinese beliefs. My daughter J* and I want to share the book we found.  And my daughter’s message is? “Don’t give up just because you might not find it on the first page staring at you.”  My take away lesson?  Learn from your children, and how sweet any time is with your kid.

The  book is called “The Empty Pot” author~ Demo

It would be considered a children’s book but I beg to differ But then I believe “Where The Wild Things Are” is an adult book so maybe we should not go there. All I can say is it is now part of my wish list at Amazon.

Amazing what two-generations can do. I said this to my daughter and she agreed, adding, “And a hippie mom with Hippie child.”

I smiled at my daughter. She is her mother’s child.

The book and info about it can be found at

The Empty Pot:

Demi. Bio:


Note to author:  Thanks so much for the use of your poem & mention of your book.