Recently I told a new teacher "There is an old adage 'Don't Smile till Thanksgiving' ....... it will help you in your discipline." Before I could explain what it really means another teacher (who has lousy discipline) piped in and said "that's a horrible rule! & I smile all the time" DUH! I turned to her and asked "have you ever spoken metaphorically?"...... "It basically means enforce rules and procedures for the first quarter of the school year and the rest of the the year will go smoothly." I almost said "Try it you may like it" :naughty: How many have heard the saying AND understood what it meant?