Creative school assignments are often a great way for kids to express their imagination beyond the strict confines of more formal education. The exercises can be very fun for them to do, and in some cases, they are fun for others too. This homework shared on Reddit is in the latter category.
The post, which was upvoted over 5,000 times, is about a child named Bela’s attempt at completing the endings of known proverbs. The results vary from close to the mark to peculiar, hilarious, threatening, and even something that must be a stroke of genius.
The kid does get one right, with “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”, but he must be thinking of medical nomenclature when he states that “It’s all Greek language”. He thinks that “All work and no play makes Jack happy” and that this guy should be nicer. “Don’t bite the hand Jack.” And he understands how the economy works because he states that “People in glass houses are rich.”
As many proverbs have more bucolic origins, it might not be surprising that Bela isn't too familiar with them. Nevertheless, his versions provide some excellent insight. “Don’t put all your eggs in there” is great advice and not too far off the original, and “Don’t count your chickens because they need privacy” tells us that the next generation takes data collecting and sharing seriously.
But it’s not all fun and games. Bela also states: “When the cat’s away you will pay.” A warning? A threat? If you have siblings you might recognize a certain tone to these words. Something you’d half-whisper after your parents punished you for something that wasn’t your fault.
The masterpiece of the exercise is clearly a truth so universally recognized that it's correct here and now like it was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away: “It’s all fun and games until Darth Vader comes.”
The Redditor only mentions that Bela is the kid of a friend and that he’s going places. We agree.