May 11, 2015

Isn’t that some colloquialism?

A few weeks ago, a friend sent me a curious email… Statements from first graders completing proverbs. The teacher presented each student with the first half of a well-known proverb… asking the kids to come up with the remainder of the proverb.

Some of these are amazingly cool. First graders… six-year old kids! Here are some of my favorites.

“Don’t change horses”…until they stop running.

“Strike while the”… bug is close.

“You can lead a horse to water but”… how?

“Don’t bit the hand that”… looks dirty.

“Where there’s smoke there’s”…pollution.

“Children should be seen and not”… spanked or grounded.

“You get something out of something only what you”… see in the picture on the box.

“Better late than”… pregnant.

“When the blind lead the blind”… get out of the way.

“Two’s company, three’s”…the Musketeers.

And one of these days… I’ll apply some of these to the work that you and I do. Actually, how about the blind leading the blind. I’m sure you’ve seen it. So have. A board member who doesn’t know the body of knowledge in fund development criticizes and refuses to do… and other board members follow him because he’s so important and powerful.

Okey dokey. Off to work.

Filed under: Just for fun, Leadership

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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