We Learned It All In Kindergarten


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.

These are the things I learned. Save 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. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, and draw and sing and dance and play and
work every day some.

Take a nap in the 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 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 had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then laid down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations always to 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.

– Robert Fulghum

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  • fartheroutnearerto
    March 26, 2013 at 9:33 am


  • rebeccavt
    March 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I was so pleased to see this exerpt of Robert Fulghum’s. He is one of my all-time favorite authors, and shared his wisdom in an accessible, light-hearted way.

  • pamperedinalaska
    March 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

    What a terrific reminder of how simple lfie can and should be! Thank you

  • goyalarpit
    March 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Totally agree. Collectivism is the real key to success. Nice post!

  • Po' Girl Shines
    March 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I really liked that book!

  • elliebloo
    March 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    This is a beautiful post. How I wish more people followed those lessons.

  • 7atbest
    March 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    You’re right, actually we knew the most important stuff since kindergarten. A pity we grow up to forget about them.

  • Stephanie
    March 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    The first time I read that book must’ve been in Junior high. i loved all of them. I definitely have Grady syndrome.

  • Genevieve Petrillo
    March 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I love him. I love this post. And I love kindergarten!!

  • JustMoi
    March 29, 2013 at 1:18 am

    This serves to remind us all that if we can just try a little harder to ‘play nice’ the world would be a much better place 🙂

  • NyonyaNyentrik
    March 31, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Reblogged this on hidni's Blog.

  • mosqkenpachi
    March 31, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Truth is simple. . .

  • jailejeu
    April 1, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Reblogged this on Lifehack v. SMTK and commented:
    Tis true.

  • Mystic
    April 1, 2013 at 10:55 am

    it reminded me of my school….
    nice post..

  • niktheobserver
    April 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Reblogged this on The Findings.

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