“Out of the mouth of babes,” is a proverbial and biblical idiom we use to express the unique and sometimes humorous wisdom of children.
Here are a few that have made the rounds for years by an unnamed author and source.
Patrick age 10: “Never trust a dog to watch your food.”
Michael age 14: “When your dad is mad and asks you, “Do I look stupid?” don’t answer him.” Continue reading
Today we resume our new weekly column, Friday’s List to Live By.
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Today’s list identifies some of the qualities of wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Continue reading
Last week while returning home alone from Lafayette, Louisiana (Yes, I left Norma Jean to enjoy our new granddaughter), I was listening to music, reading road signs and generally anything to stay mentally alert.
Somewhere along I-20, I noticed this billboard with a great message.
Some of you from my generation and older may remember Art Linkletter. He hosted a day time TV variety show called “House Party” from 1952 to 1969. My Mom loved to watch it.
One of the segments from that show was called “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” Years later Bill Cosby did a show with the same title and similar results. The premise was based on asking a child, usually 3-8 years old, a question that would elicit a cute response.
Whether from those shows or another source, I came across these funny responses from children after they were given a well-known proverb and then asked to come up with the ending. Continue reading
I’m not sure of the accuracy of this story, but Alan Smith in his excellent “Thought for the Day” tells it for the truth!
Mensa is an organization whose members have an IQ of 140 or higher. A few years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco, and several members lunched at a local cafe. While dining, they discovered that their salt shaker contained pepper and their pepper-shaker was full of salt. How could they swap the contents of the bottles without spilling, and using only the implements at hand? Clearly this was a job for Mensa! The group debated and presented ideas, and finally came up with a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer. They called the waitress over to dazzle her with their solution. Continue reading
What’s it like getting older?
American author and poet Maya Angelou was asked this question on a talk show. Her response? “It’s exciting.”
Here’s what she went on to say “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” Continue reading