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Hello Hillsboro: Philosophy 101 for first graders
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My brother in Chicago recently sent me some extremely funny results from a test  that was given by a first-grade school teacher.

She cleverly stated to each child in her class the beginning of a well-known proverb and asked the kids to finish it up with whatever thought it brought to them.

The mind set of a six-year-old can be astounding. We are either raising a generation of great thinkers or very successful comedians.

• Strike while the …bug is close.

•  It’s always darkest before …you turn the light on.

• You can lead a horse to water, but …how?

• Don’t bite the hand that…looks dirty.

• A miss is as good as a …Mr.

• You can’t teach an old dog…math.

• The pen is mightier than the …pigs.

• Happy is the bride who…gets all the presents.

• A penny saved is…not much.

• 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.

• 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 in the picture 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.


As usual, I have heard the official morning sounds that signify the end of Summer to all those who live close to the school. I call it the sporting sights and sounds of  the approaching Fall.

The sights are supplied by the seemingly never-ending parade of young and fit students running all over town as they prepare to exchange the pavement for cross-country terrains.

The sounds are provided by pads hitting pads on the football practice field every morning, mixed in with a few grunts and even more groans at the end of the drills.

If you get close to the gym, you can also envision a volleyball gliding across the net for an ace serve, or slamming off an opponent for a kill shot.

All the sights and sounds translate to one thing. The Tigers and their student fans will be back on Sept. 3, and you can join in the athletic excitement all season.


Quick reminder: You can enjoy the 20-year reunion concert of Hillsboro’s  legendary Cabaret Singers at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the high school.

The performance is free, but there will be an offering taken for the costs of new roofing on the First Congregational Church.

Treat yourself to a musical visit to the past with a talented group of neighbors who can still put on a memorable show.