Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

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Today was my beautiful daughter Ebony’s graduation from kindergarten. I can’t believe how fast the year has gone. She has grown from a baby into a young girl, eager to learn, create and be inspired by her teachers, friends and school environment.

The children at the graduation read a beautiful poem that I just had to share.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do, and how to be, I learned in kindergarten.

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 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 sane living.

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 stick together.

– Robert Fulghum-

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