Saturday, January 1, 2011

New "Wisdom" for a New Year

1-1-11 marks the second anniversary of my blog! Since Noah helped to name my blog two years ago (he was three at the time), I thought it fitting to let him help me write this blog post for the New Year. This worked out perfectly, as he and Claire spent the night and all day Thursday with Grandma and Papa. Claire and I dressed dollies and polished our nails while Noah played piano, then Noah and I read “SkippyJon Jones” books and worked on the blog post while Claire napped.

On last year’s anniversary, I wrote about my Grandma’s leftover soup. Grandma was better known for her little adages or bits of wisdom; if she were still alive today, she would be 108! I thought it would be fun to tell Noah some of Grandma’s sayings, but let him provide his own endings. It proved to be a lot of fun for both of us. Are you ready? Here they are:

Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man ………tired.

Haste makes ………you fall down.

If a thing is worth doing it’s ………making a funny face.

If you can’t stand the heat ……….get some new batteries.

Never underestimate the power of ......a car. (I hope he remembers that when he’s 16!)

You can lead a horse to water, but ......the horse can drink it. (Is that really fair?)

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you; cry, and ......your dad will make you laugh.

Don’t put all your eggs in ......your backpack.

A bird in the hand is ......light.

Better to be safe than ......slow.

A penny saved is cent –that’s easy!

All work and no play makes fun.

Don’t bite the hand that ......scratches you.

It’s always darkest before ......bedtime.

Two is company, three is ......better.

You can’t teach an old dog dance.
(Papa thinks this excuses him from ballroom dance lessons this year!)

Every dog has its ......bone.

Wasn’t that fun? But we aren’t finished yet. Noah’s final saying is the one I want you to remember this year:

The best things in life are ......sharing and hugging.

What a great thing to remember, whether you’re 5 or 108! Both sharing and hugging are free, by the way. Neither of these can be accomplished alone, however, so spend every day sharing what you have with others, and don’t be stingy with your hugs. It will make 2011 much, much better –Noah and I promise! Happy New Year, my friends! May God, who shared his best gift with us, be your source of blessings and courage throughout all the days of the coming year.


  1. I love the comment about if you cry you're dad will make you laugh! I imagine this is very true in Noah's life!

  2. Awesome words of wisdom, Noah! I especially love the ones about crying and Daddy making you laugh. Isn't that the way our Father is? He is familiar with our grief and is there to wipe away the tears and bring a smile to our face. True joy!

    I also love the last one about hugs and sharing being the best things in life. HOW TRUE! And so many are in need of these two crucial gifts.

    On a side-bar note: I have never read that story about your blog title before. It brought tears and a wave of gratefulness to my heart. God's faithfulness is steadfast and ever-present. It's so fitting that your grandson's name is Noah. :)


  3. Reminds me of Art Linkletter and his "Kids say the darndest things" but this was SO MUCH BETTER! It looks as thought the Guthrie talent continues on! YEAH!!!
    Blessings for the New Year!

  4. What a wonderful post! I too have a five year old grandson named Noah, and this is a great idea. Your Noah came up with some great answers, especially the last one! Thanks for sharing, and hugs to you!

  5. A wonderful blog, delightful to read.

    Thanks for coming by my blog and comment made,
    Much appreciated.

  6. Greetings from Southern California.

    I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to :-)

    God Bless You, ~Ron


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