Friday, May 20, 2011

{Confession: I never went to kindergarten}

Okay everybody, before you get all up in arms about my lack of primary education and contemplate accusing my poor mother of neglect, I must issue this disclaimer: “Kindergarten was not MANDATORY when I was five years old!” Now, that may give away my age a bit, but that’s okay. You’re only as old as you feel, right? Anyway, I am STILL within that 25-44 year old age bracket.

Getting back to kindergarten. You always hear the saying “All I really need to know, I learned in kindergarten.” Well, geez…. Hmmmm…. Wow. Apparently, I’ve really missed out on some very important life lessons. It’s a sheer miracle that I’ve turned out to be as normal and well-adjusted as I have (for those of you that know me – no laughing!).

Since I promised you I’d share things that interest me, I want to share with you this poem by Robert Fulghum. I daresay that I LOVE it.
All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten
by Robert Fulghum
Most of what 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 everyday 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.
Very wise words to live by, people. Even though I didn’t actually GO to kindergarten, I’ve picked up most of these lessons despite that. I hope you did too.

p.s. I’ll share the story of WHY I did not go to kindergarten another day. Maybe. J
TTFN friends,

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