Monday, February 15, 2016

All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten!

Considering the current state of our political system, let me begin my  first post for the year 2016 with an infamous Kindergarten Poem written by Robert Fulghum:

All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

Kindness Counts!

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 mountain, but there in the sandbox at nursery school.

Here 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 you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
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 seeds in the plastic cup. The seeds go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows why, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seeds in the plastic cup- they all die. So do we.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the very first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK.
Everything you need to know is 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- the whole world- had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then laid 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 clean 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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