Life's best lessons come early
April 16. 2014 6:00AM
During the past several years, the local, state and federal governments have tried several and varied programs to improve the education in our nationís school systems. In my opinion, the majority of these programs have weakened the educational systems rather than strengthen the educational programs.
I would like to share a story that I heard many years ago, and the author is unknown.
Most of what I really need to know about how to live, 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 sandbox at nursery school.
These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Donít hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Donít take things that arenít yours. Say youíre 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. Remember the little seed in the plastic cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why. And we are all like that.
Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup, they all die. So do we.
Also, remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word of all ó look. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere: the Golden Rule, love and basic sanitation, ecology, politics and sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all ó the whole world ó had cookies and milk about 3 p.m. and then lie down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes.
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.