04 November 2009

Get me my blankey, I'm goin' back to Kindergarten!

I just love Kindergarten!  Remember when life was all about Cookie Monster, and Elmo and Big Bird?
I've been hangin' with these guys for what seems like forever.  I can't believe they're still around.  I guess brightly colored, furry guys have staying power.  And I'm glad because it makes me happy just looking at them.  Don't they just bring back tons of great memories?

Here are a few facts about ghosts written from the wisdom and perspective of Kindergartners.  I can't really read them because the writing is way to small for my old and tired eyes.  But I know they are creative and bright and artistic.  And this is a really cool way to get kids to write.

This kid is adorable isn't he?  I have it straight from his teacher that he is smart and funny and does great vampire impersonations.  Besides that, he has the prettiest mommy in the whole school.  I hear she's the meanest too!  Well,  the teacher didn't tell me that but I heard it straight from the kids mouth.

It feels like Thanksgiving.  I feel like Giving Thanks.  Thank you!  Thank you for letting me go back to Kindergarten today.

God Bless You!

You may now have a cupcake.

And remember, I love you more than all the days since I was in Kindergarten myself!



(a guide for Global Leadership)
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 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 in 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 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 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 at about 3 o'clock in the 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 still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
[Source: "ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum.  See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com/  ]

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