Friday, January 06, 2006

Fulghum Wisdom

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 sandpile 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.
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 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 we.
And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned-the biggest word of all LOOK.

~ Robert Fulghum, All I Really Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten


1 comment:

Bowds said...

Hey I feel in love with Fulghum's work through this book too. I'm now reading "It was on fire when I lay down on it" and "Uh-oh" both GREAT!!!! i'm also reading "Beggining to end." but it is in a different format, a whole book on rituals!

Great to see a fellow apreciator.

if you wnat to see my work (highly influenced by him)