I am in the process of cleaning out my books. I have too many books. Cookbooks, self-help books, home-schooling books, children's books, collectible books, all kinds of books. I have books that were gifts, brand-new books, antique books, resale shop books, second-hand bookstore books, garage sale books, numerous books. So before I get rid of some of them, I am trying to read them. Here is one that stayed on the best-seller list for quite awhile. It is called All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum. It is a very quick read and I really like the very beginning of the book which I will quote now.
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 sandpile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned:
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 remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned- the biggest word of