Kindergarten Wisdom

“Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.”

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is a book of short essays written by Robert Fulghum (published 1986). I’d read it years ago but the point of the title is more meaningful here on the last day of our kids’ kindergarten year. As adults, we often make life more complicated than it needs to be. Fulghum’s basic rules make for a pretty happy life. He advises to play fair, clean up your own mess and say you’re sorry when you hurt someone. These simple kindergarten rules can be applied to politics, business, everything. Parents who have already been through the kindergarten graduation ceremony say it’s a real tear jerker – I have no doubt. His essay ends with:

“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.”

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