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Proverbs, Old Sayings, Truisms...

The Way I See It

December 30, 2012
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Ok, let me set the scene here for you at the Sheda computer. First off, I am writing this column BEFORE CHRISTMAS, but it will come out AFTER CHRISTMAS--so, I'm writing it in the "future-past-tense" version. Whatever the heck that means! So even though it's before Christmas (as I write this), it has to look to all of you as though it's after Christmas. Get it? Nah, me either. Just bear with me. Secondly, the column between Christmas and New Years is the hardest because.......well, just because.

Do you remember the old Art Linkletter Show? He had a segment every so often, "Kids Say The Darnest Things" and not too long ago, I came across a few old, yet well known proverbs, that were presented to a class of third-graders. The teacher presented each student with the first half of the proverb and challenged them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. While reading, keep in mind that these are from the pen of 8-year olds, because they are all cute but the last one is a classic...although a little sad to even see it said.

Don't change horses...until they stop.

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Strike while the...bug is close.

It's always darkest before...Daylight Saving Time.

Never underestimate the power of...termites.

You can lead a horse to water

Don't bite the hand that...looks dirty.

No news is...impossible.

A miss is as good as a...mister.

If you lie down with dogs, you'll...stink.

You can't teach an old math.

The pen is mightier than the...pig.

An idle mind is...the best way to sleep.

Where there's smoke, there's...pollution.

A penny saved is...not much.

Two's company, three's...the Musketeers.

Don't put off till tomorrow put on to go to bed.

Children should be seen and not...spanked or grounded.

If at first you don't new batteries.

When the blind lead the blind...get out of the way.

Love all,

Better late than...pregnant.

Kids not only say the darnest things, they write them too. Next week prepare yourselves because we'll be starting a brand new year and it's time to make those dreaded New Year's Resolutions. I will share a few that just might make our world a little nicer to live in.

Let me know what you think at or call me at 319-334-4117. Have a great week.



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