"All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten" Robert Fulgham

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  1. "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 school."
    Robert Fulgham.

    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 in 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.

    With all the heated discussions & loss of tempers, as of late in
    this forum, I thought a little reality check might be in order.
    However, I could be wrong :)
  2. Cool post!
  3. Refreshing. Loved the "Take a nap every afternoon..." advice :) Thank you Jayme
  4. Thanks Yann & Rui- Let me clarify, these are not my words, but words of Robert Fulgham in his book "All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten"

    It always seems to put things into perspective for me when I feel a little out of sorts. Simple, but profoundly prophetic :)
  5. Jayme, great citation! I think even in the cyberworld the communication among people should still follow rules in the real world. My rules are: be polite, informative and responsible. It's that simple.
  6. Very True Jerry. Not always followed, but the same rules apply everywhere, even cyberspace :)
  7. Another proof that the world should be governed by children.
    I would love to take a nap every day and eat cookies and milk :)

    Nice post.
  8. As a little kid in the Netherlands....used to close open bike locks (The key would then pop out), and toss the key..then watch from a distance as frustrated bike owners would appear and struggle with a wheel that wouldn't turn. THEN I would go home for some cookies and milk. :) :)
  9. I remember that book. Everyone praised it and then forgot most of the precepts,Jayme. <p> I was just thinking of it,the other day as I started to get my blood boiling over some graffiti artists who went to work just three hours after the City and County crew of four spent a day painting the walls of the public toilet in our park...these are youths who went to kindergarten, and forgot the Fulgham stuff by Middle School and by High School became closer to something that I can't even bring myself to say.<p> Hey, here are a couple I added to Fulghum's wisdom and passed to the grandkid on my own: LISTEN,because nobody- never- learned anything,anytime,anywhere during TALKING. And t next is: Say- sincerely if you can- once in a while in a post, and in doing so shock the world, " Well, I understand your point. I might be wrong,you might be right." and end any written photo critique with the tagline " Thanks for the opportunity to comment."<p>Why? It is a privilege to be asked for advice and a thank you helps to warm the cockles.<p> True, for some of this generation and earlier, they learned it all in the what I calle Blood and Crips Memorial High School,sadly and unfortunately. Thanks for the refreshing reminder on Fulghum..I didn't see nothin' in there though about Harleys or Eff Off Tattoos :)<p>
    Aloha,-(another gentle word)- Gerry
  10. Gustavo- I think there may be a lot of wisdom in your statement. :)

    John- You made me laugh right out loud :) Nobody said kids couldn't be mischievous. At least you didn't loosen their front forks & watch as they crashed :0 Or, steal their bike & throw it over the dike. Actual proof of life! :) LOL! The key bit of information here being, you watched from a distance, curious as to their reaction. I'll bet if a person had un-dauntingly pulled a spare key from his pocket & unlocked the lock, you'd have felt outsmarted & disappointed :) As a mother, if I'd have ever found you out, I'd have kicked your little butt, made you apologize to the biker, pay to have their lock removed & buy them a new one. Then, I'd have laughed up my sleeve, (out of ear & eye shot of course), all the while, shaking my head, wondering exactly how I was going to keep from strangling you before your 18th birthday :).

    Gerry- What a super addition! My sentiments exactly! The long lost art of listening :) One can learn a lot by combining looking, watching & listening.
  11. Jayme , your blood's worth bottling ...
  12. Jayme, timely post! If we all would read that every week and live by it, we'd be better people, I think. You are one of the treasures on PN!
  13. Thanks Walter & Kim. Every once in a while I like to remind myself of my inner child :) Nothing like keeping it simple :)
  14. There are so many awesome people on here, a shame a few bad one's poke their head in. From what I have seen they are removed. I guess it is like the rest of the world, I think PN has a better percentage of good though!)
  15. Great reminder of how to live in peace and get along with one another! If only everyone followed these rules to live by...
    I have realized that it doesn't matter what you do or where you are, there will ALWAYS be some bad apples, unfortunately. That, sadly, is a fact. I try and stick around those people who are genuinely kind hearted. Peace to you all, fellow PNers!
    Cheers, Iren

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