A Rare, Sweet Blog

Posted on November 23, 2021


By David Ettinger

Sweet Story
There was just something about this light news story that made me say, “Aw, isn’t that sweet!”

I’m not one for sweet. I don’t write sweet things, and I don’t refer to things as sweet. But this time I couldn’t help myself … the headline, the picture, the story … they’re all just, well, sweet!

The headline reads: “Original Gerber Baby Marks 95th Birthday.” And, of course, the iconic picture of the Gerber baby is fully displayed.[1]

The story celebrates the long life of Ann Turner Cook, who long ago had her picture selected by the Gerber company to promote its baby food. She turned 95 on November 20.

The story goes on to tell us that “Cook was chosen in 1928 when the artist Dorothy Hope Smith submitted a charcoal sketch of Cook to a contest Gerber was holding for a baby food advertising campaign.”

The sketch was so popular that Gerber made it part of its official trademark in 1931.

We are later informed that Ms. Turner Cook went on to become a novelist and English teacher.

Our Unsweet World
I can’t think of a spiritual analogy to go with this story, so I won’t force one.

I did, however, notice some of the reader comments, which were for the most part positive. But among the positive were those who legitimately couldn’t help but wonder who in this woke world was going to get offended and demand the abolishment of this sweet logo.

Sadly, this reflects the very unsweet world we live in and the commenters’ concerns are well founded.

Nonetheless, this is a sweet story indeed. Why? Though I don’t know whether or not Ms. Turner Cook knows Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, she has certainly given us a wonderful link to our past, a reason to smile, and is a great example of a life well lived.

In this sour and bitter world we inhabit, there is much to be said for celebrating Ms. Turner Cook’s 95th birthday.

So Happy No. 95, Gerber Baby, your story is a sweet one indeed!

[1] https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/first-gerber-baby-turns-95