We Learned it All in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

"All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten"

 

by Robert Fulghum

Most of what I really need
To know about how to live
And how to be,
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.

These are the things I learned:

Share.
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 you're 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 some everyday.
Take a nap in the afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out 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 know why, 

but we are all like that.

Goldfish, hamsters, white mice and

even the little seed in the plastic cup - they all die. 

So do we.

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 what a better world it would be if we all had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap.

Or if, as nations, we has a basic policy of always putting things back where we found them and cleaning 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.

 

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