Friday, December 10, 2010

What He Said...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. 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 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. 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 one 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 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. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is true, no matter how old you are - when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

8 comments:

Hill House Ramblings said...

Oh Lily, I've always adored that quote. Thank you for posting it. Robert Fulgham is very wise. I know I would be happier if I had a nap and cookies and milk everyday!

H.H.

Metropolitan Mum said...

I love that book! I had to track it down forever and finally managed to get hold of a used copy (the one I had read initially disappeared in one of my many movings across Europe). Hope you are well. MMxx

Suburban Princess said...

I have a few of his books and it's amazing how smart he sounds with such simple ideas!

Pink Martini said...

I think everyone needs to take a remedial course. :) xoxo

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

We had this poster in our class at school and I would read it periodically...and it still rings true. Thanks for the reminder!

bevy said...

Never tire of reading this...

Mrs. Kindergarten said...

My copy sits on my desk each and every school day! Words to live by...and I get to see "the wonder" of kindergarten daily! BLISS!

Love,
Mrs. Kindergarten

Housewife Bliss said...

I agree with Bevy.....always a joy to read.

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