An Old Story, But Still a Good One

I ran across one of my favorite essays today.  It was written a long time, and the message is still clear and reassuring.  It is entitled, All I Ever Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum.  I am printing it here hoping you’ll enjoy it also.

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 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 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 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 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 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 better to hold hands and stick together.

For now, Earlynn’s Just Sayin’; “Come to my house tomorrow at 3 o’clock.  We’ll have warm cookies and cold milk.”

About Earlynn

Earlynn is a spunky mother, grandmother and yes, even a great grandmother. I have always been drawn to things spiritual from the time I was very young. Over the years I have read, studied and prayed that God would use me to bring comfort to troubled minds. That is my purpose more than anything else, but along the way I have also lived a very happy life. I love my family....5 children, 5 inlaws, 18 grandkids and four great grandkids. I am a master cake decorator, I love gardening, I am passionate about health and nutrition. I love parties and gatherings of family and friends. I love cooking and at least twice each year I host dinner for 50. I love writing, teaching and public speaking. I love my sweetheart. We met when we were only 10 years old and will soon celebrate our 50th anniversary. Everything I do is centered on my spiritual beliefs and I know love is the answer to all of life's problems. Join me on my web site as we explore many ideas, laugh a little and love a lot.
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