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 sand pile
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 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 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: 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 Styrofoam cup-They all die. So do
And then remember the Dick and Jane books 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 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 you 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 with 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.