November 29, 2023


cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]

1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.

2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: PARENTHOOD

“Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.”
–Russell Baker

“The best brought-up children are those who have seen their parents as they are. Hypocrisy is not the parents’ first duty.”
–George Bernard Shaw

“To become a father is not hard, to be a father is, however.”
–Wilhelm Busch

“The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.”
–Clarence S. Darrow

“A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes.”
–Russell Lynes

“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.”
–Lane Olinhouse

“When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.”
–Erma Bombeck

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”
–Bill Cosby

“A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.”
–Bill Vaughan

“Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.”
–Phyllis Diller

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”
–Calvin Trillin


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