All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what
to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was not at
the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandbox
at nursery school.
These are the things I learned..
Share everything. Play fair. Don't hit people. Put things back
where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don't take things
that aren't yours. Say sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your
hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good
for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some and draw
and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world,
watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of
wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go
down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but
we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in
the plastic cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first
word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you
need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and
basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the whole
world had cookies and milk about 3 o'clock every afternoon and then
lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy
in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we
found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no
matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best
to hold hands and stick together.