Friday, March 12, 2010

Kindergarten Rules




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:


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image via cherryblossomgirl


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.


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"Up to the Nose" installation and photo by Ivan Puig

Live a balanced life - 

learn some and think some


and draw and paint 
and sing and dance and play

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and work every day some.


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ironing by the Eiffle Tower via Dita Vonteese


Take a nap every afternoon.

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photo by Miles Aldridge

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.



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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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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 champagne 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/ 

9 comments:

La Dolfina said...

I adore this post Lisa... brilliant and beautiful! Bravo
~xo always

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Fabulous post and beautiful images! That car shot is intriguing... guess that is one way to find parking..

Simply Mel said...

Lisa~
A post that will stick with me forever and always....thank you! So absolutely true!
Bisous,
Melissa

Paris Atelier said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful words! I love this post <3
xoxo
Judith~

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Such a inspiriong and gorgeous post lisa. You are good at many things. Is that photo of you? You know I think redheads have a bit more fun in their DNA don't you? Have the best weeend. XO

lisa golightly said...

Sande - Yes that was me. And FUN we are !!!

KeKe said...

What an amzing post, and so true too!! I love the picture with kitties "playing the guitars"~lol
Have a great weekend!!

The Consummate Hostess said...

How charming! Lovely little reminders to take a step back and cherish the moment. Thanks for the inspiration!

DolceDreams said...

Love it! I am backtracking, have been gone most of the month...
Nathalie