All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

A wonderful book by Robert Fulghum.

I first found out about it when my mom was in the play here in Manila years ago. And I could never find it and yesterday, Arianna surprised me by buying me the kindle version (thank you again love).

I loved it because of how it moved me. It takes you back to the lessons you learned in childhood and makes you see that life is actually THAT simple. It’s us who make it complicated. If we all followed the simple rules of kindergarten, wouldn’t the world be a much nicer place?

The book gave me the same feeling when I would read a Chicken Soup book. It’s like an autobiography in short stories, which will make you laugh and cry, and make you realize simple things that you once thought were so complicated.

If you know someone who has the book, borrow it. If you don’t, try and buy it.

Here is an excerpt from the book, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum.

“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. 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.”

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