All I Really Need to Know…


…I learned in kindergarten

All 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 sandpile at Sunday 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 you're sorry when you hurt someone. 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 out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: Roots 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 seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we. And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest of all - LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule of love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. 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 lay down our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. 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

From the book ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN by Robert Fulghum. Copyright 1986, 1988 and 1989.

I also recommend that you periodically take a few minutes to visit Robert Fulghum’s web site at  I really enjoy it and I think you will too.

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