Out of the mouths of children

Published 6:00 am Friday, May 29, 2020

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As we continue to confront the consequences of the coronavirus and deal with the effects, humor is more important than ever.

The following collection is from a first-grade teacher who gave her pupils the first half of some commonly known proverbs and asked them to finish the idea.

Here’s what they came up with. Hope these will bring a good laugh.

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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.

You can lead a horse to water but how?

Don’t bite the hand that looks dirty.

No news is impossible.

A miss is as good as a Mr.

You can’t teach an old dog new math.

If you lie down with dogs, you’ll stink in the morning.

Love all, trust me.

The pen is mightier than the pigs.

An idle mind is the best way to relax.

Where there’s smoke, there’s pollution.

Happy is the bride who gets all the presents.

A penny saved is not much.

Two’s company, three’s the musketeers.

Don’t put off till tomorrow what you put on to go to bed.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you have to blow your nose.

There are none so blind as Stevie Wonder.

Children should be seen and not spanked or grounded.

If at first you don’t succeed, get new batteries.

You get out of something only what you see on the box.

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

A bird in the hand is going to poop on you.

And the very last one. Get ready. It’s a doozy.

Better late than pregnant. (Where do they get this stuff?)

JULIA PALMER is an associate professor of modern languages at Hampden-Sydney College. She can be reached at jpalmer@hsc.edu.