Start Acting Like a Kindergartener!!!


A few years ago, I discovered a book that affirmed a long-held suspicion of mine: most adults are way too serious!  Before you curse me out and begin to think of concrete examples of why my “immaturity” makes it ok for you to ignore the rest of this post, let me explain! The book that I’m referring to is a little text written by Robert Fulghum, and the title says it all, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.”

I love this book for its simple, straightforward honesty.  Here is an excerpt:

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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.

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Now, I don’t know who Dick & Jane are, but I’m confident that our world would be a much better place if we grownups could find ways to act more like kindergarteners from time to time.  Now, I admit that I’m a tad bit biased. A large part of my day is spent interacting with and thinking about young people.  I love their creativity, and I see how that seems to slip away as they get older.  I love their willingness to try new things and meet new people, even at the risk of failure or rejection.  That gift can also becomes less active as we age.  But does it have to be this way?

Here’s a new “buddy” of mine that really brings great joy to my soul.  Maybe he can challenge my adult friends to be hopeful, childish, even happy again!!!

 

 

4 comments

  1. Rachel Schwenke

    Thanks Edrin! What a great gift we have to work with young people and see that light shine every day. I agree with all on this list—especially be aware of wonder! It is in those moments of wonder we stop the focus on ourselves and are open to the divine.

    • I agree 100%, Rachel! I often think being able to experience beauty, wonder, and amazement is a gift that we have. It is SO worth it slow down and take it all in. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I love reading your blogs!

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