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 sandbox
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. 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 some every day.
Take a nap every
afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for
traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of
wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic 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
plastic cup - they all die. So do we.
And then remember the
book about Dick and Jane 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 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 if 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 into the world, it is best to hold hands and