I love bestselling author Robert Fulghum’s assertion that all he ever really needed to know, he learned in kindergarten.
Looking at the news headlines each day (which in itself is probably a pretty unhealthy habit), I see our political leaders constantly engaged in embarrassingly hateful rhetoric, our world reeling from ongoing, horrific violence, even the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner reduced to backroom vulgarity and nasty personal insults.
The news is consistently ugly.
I have a suggestion. Let’s send Trump, Pelosi, indeed all of Washington BACK TO KINDERGARTEN!
Here, according to Fulghum, is what they could learn:
“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. Live a balanced life.
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, but 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.
And then remember the book about Dick and Jane and the first word you learned, the biggest word of all: LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and sane living.
Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nations to always put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is better to hold hands and stick together.”
— Everything I Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Wait! What am I thinking?! I need to go back to kindergarten too! And not just for that nap.
I’m getting ready to go register now.
Want to join me?
P.S. But I seriously hope I’m not sitting at the same table with Trump or Pelosi.