About twenty years ago, I read a fabulous book called  All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.   If you're over forty, you've probably read it too.  It was published in 1988.

It's a charming book full of wisdom.  It should be required reading in college; a class should be offered called "Lessons from Kindergarten."

It should be required reading for new senators and congressmen in Washington, too.  With an exam to follow.  

A few excerpts:  

  • 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 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.    

Everything is right there.

Apparently we forget most of it as we grow up.

I think this is one reason why children are so important.  We get to do Kindergarten all over again. 


Cheryl said...

Great post. So true. Children remind us of what life is really about.

I love your blog name - clever. You've got a new follower.

Adena said...

I loved this book!! And you are right, it's chockful of good wisdom we tend to forget. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog, and yes, we do have alot in common! Except my meatloaf may end up on the floor, not in the dishwater and I love to write haiku's, not limericks :D

Jaime said...

"It should be required reading for new senators and congressmen in Washington. too. With an exam to follow." - this made me laugh out loud. Great post.

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

Adena, a poem is a poem is a poem. :-) My meatloaf is not the best, so maybe it was better off in the dish water.

Marianne (Mare) Baker Ball said...

Thanks, Jaime. Maybe I'll send a few copies of the book to D.C. :-)