Cleveland Amory tells this story about Judge John Lowell of Boston. One morning the judge was at breakfast, his face
hidden behind the morning paper. A frightened maid tiptoed into the room and whispered something to Mrs. Lowell's ear. The lady
paled slightly, then squared her shoulders resolutely and said, "John, the cook has burned the oatmeal, and there is no more in
the house. I am afraid that this morning, for the first time in seventeen years, you will have to go without your oatmeal."
The judge, without putting down his paper, answered, "It's all right, my dear. Frankly, I never cared much for it
Bits & Pieces, March 4, 1993, p. 23.