Alexander Averin

Wednesday 14 December 2011

Just Some Wise Words Really

Work Interrupted William Bouguerau

If you have ever wondered.. All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
by Robert Fulgham

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. 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 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 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 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 the little seed in the plastic cup - they 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 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.


Vee said...

That was good sense and I remember reading these words when his book came out. That was a few years ago now, I'm sure.

Pondside said...

I recall this piece and how much I liked it. It's all true. We just complicate life too much.

Mac n' Janet said...

I've always liked this, I taught kindergarten for a number of years and hope that those that came through my class felt they learned some worthwhile things, not just letters and colors.

e said...

Lovely sentiment and very true. Perhaps we should send those sentiments to our so-called leaders, though I doubt it would make much difference. One can always hope, though.

Frances said...

Cait, I love every word in this post, but must admit (as I might have told you before) that I am old enough to have missed out on kindergarten.

I just took my almost 6-year-old self off to school all those years ago, and hoped that what my parents had already taught me would prepare me.

I think it did. xo