'Put brain in gear before putting mouth in motion.'
'Loose lips sink ships.'
'Think before you speak.'
'Once spoken, the words cannot be taken back.'
'Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.'
What has brought these saying to mind is an email I received last night. You see, I have two sons. Communication with them is limited. It's a guy thing. Great tragedies in their lives usually result in communication home to Mom and Dad - as do the great triumphs. Otherwise - 'No news is hopefully good news,' Fred and I say.
But last night son #2 emailed. Saying something like this - "Being the loving son that I am, I read your blog. And it has spoiled my surprise."
He was speaking of the Nifty Grey Scarf
"Act surprised," my Mother would have said. Peter said he will try.