One of my favorites – and a solid foundation to build upon:

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum
– an excerpt from the book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten. 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.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.
Think what a better world it would be if all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put thing back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
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.


Β© Robert Fulghum, 1990. Found in Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, Villard Books: New York, 1990, page 6-7.



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  2. very nice!

  3. Hi Debbie,

    I am glad to know that you liked my post β€œThey paid him thirty pieces of silver …”

    If you have the time and inclination, please visit my other blog “Impressions” too – http://tvaraj.wordpress.com where you’ll find articles on varied subjects.

    I post every day on both my blogs.

    Thanks for dropping by!

    • I enjoyed both posts very much – just finished the full article on Shiloh Spepherds, had no idea you wrote that as well! Thanks for commenting….

  4. What fun! Thanks for visiting my blog. πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post!

    • You’re welcome!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog so I could find yours! I look forward to reading more!

    • Thank you! And I am returning the favor, love to read about travel, especially in Europe!

  7. Hi Debbie, thank you for liking one of the posts on one of my blogs (http://threedailydelights.wordpress.com/). Given the positive spirit of your blog, you may also be interested in my other main blog (http://smilekiddo.wordpress.com/). But either way, thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for suggesting that! I loved the story about the shopping experience πŸ˜‰

  8. Thank you for dropping in at my blog and liking my post. Have a great day. πŸ™‚

    • You’re welcome. It was a great quote by one of my favorite actresses!

  9. Let’s hold hands! πŸ™‚

    • LOL! when we cross the street, right? πŸ™‚ I love your summer challenge photos, especially the silhouette…great shots!

  10. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you choose to accept the rules are posted here: geniespeaks.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/one-lovely-blog-award-2. If you choose not to accept; that’s okay, just know I really enjoy your blog.

    • Thank you, very much appreciated! I will take a look and let you know…

  11. See? Life is really so simple–yet we complicate it when we forget these basics. Thanks for a lovely reminder and a lovely blog. Your quote by Mark Twain is wonderful, too–I think I’ll frame it. πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! And that quote by Mark Twain says it all, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Debbie, thank you for stopping by ritaLOVEStoWRITE. I hope you’ll find some interesting posts. Cheers, Rita

    • Thank you, Rita – I already found a great post, reading about Lady Liberty – thank you for sharing that!

      • Hi Debbie,
        I do a mix of history, literature, and just fun stuff. So if you have any suggestions just let me know. Cheers, Rita

  13. I love your philosophy for life. Kindergarten rules ok! πŸ™‚

    • Simple – the way it is meant to be! πŸ˜‰

  14. What a nice reminder! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  15. hold hands and stick together ~ this is the way πŸ™‚ wise observation

    • I agree – it’s sad that we don’t go back to basics more often…

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