Kindergarten – a poem by Robert Fulghum

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Kindergarten – a poem by Robert Fulghum

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 nursery 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 there somewhere.

The Golden Rule and 
love and basic sanitation, ecology, and politics and the sane living.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had 
cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap.

Or we had a basic policy in our nation and other 
nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes.

And it is still true; no matter how old you are, when you go 
out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

— Robert Fulghum


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