‘Complete the Sentence’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking…
Complete the following sentence:  “Where there is smoke there’s…”
A first grade teacher had 25 students in her class.  She presented each child the first half of a well-known proverb and asked them to complete the sentence.  It’s hard to believe these were actually done by first grade students.  Their insight may surprise you.

  • Don’t change horses…until they stop running.
  • Strike while the…bug is close.
  • It’s always darkest before…Daylight Savings Time.
  • Never underestimate the power of…termites.
  • Don’t bite the hand that…looks dirty.
  • A miss is as good as a…Mr.
  • If you lie down with a dog…you’ll stink in the morning.
  • An idle mind is…the best way to relax.
  • Where there is smoke there’s…pollution.
  • Happy the bride who…gets all the presents.
  • A penny saved is…not much.
  • Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and…you have to blow      your nose.
  • Children should be seen and not…spanked or grounded
  • Don’t put off till tomorrow…what you put on to go to bed.
  • When the blind lead the blind…get out of the way.
While their responses may not be what we expect, there is a unique wisdom in their innocent responses.  I love the pure honesty of children, don’t you?  Let’s pay attention to the children around us this week.  They, quite often, will remind us not to take ourselves or our proverbs of life too serious.  It’s no wonder Jesus loved little children.
Always Thinking…


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