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“All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum

16 Mar

A while back, a man named Robert Fulghum wrote and essay with the title above. Some may have read it because it has been reprinted in several places. But I thought it would be worth giving here. So here goes.

“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.
  • 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 biscuits 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 work everyday 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 a little seed in the plastic cup – they all die. So do we.

    “Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had biscuits 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. ”
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