Thursday, 12 April 2012
K is for kindergarten
All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
Most of what I really need to know about and what to do and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top of the university mountain, but there was a sand pit at school.
These are the things I learned: share everything, play fair, don't hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up you're own mess, don't take things that aren't yours, say 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.
Take a nap every afternoon, when you go out into the world watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Remember the little seed in the plastic cup? The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows why or how, but we are all like that.
Goldfish and guinea pigs and white mice and even the seed in the plastic cup - thay 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 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.
By Robert Fulghum