On the 6th January 2019 I was clearing through the drawers in my sitting room.. having a good sort out etc, when I came across some sheets of paper that really jogged my memory back to being a youngster. My mum had put them in the drawer of my coffee table a while ago, without my knowing. So it was a lovely surprise to come across these, as I remember reading them years ago when I lived at home. I thought I’d share what was written on them with you… I think they’re really nice pieces!
*EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO LEARN I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN
Most of what I really needed 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 sandbox at nursery school, these are things that 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 your sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Learn some and think some and play and work every day. 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 no one really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish, hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the plastic cup- they all die.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. Ecology and politics and sane living. Think of what a better world it would be if we all- the whole world- had a basic policy 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.
By Robert Fulgham
*If a child lives with criticism,
He learns to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility,
He learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule,
He learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame,
He learns to be guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance,
He learns to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement,
He learns confidence.
If a child lives with praise,
He learns to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness,
He learns justice.
If a child lives with security,
He learns to have faith.
If a child lives with approval,
He learns to like himself.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.
.. (this was originally found on the wall of a nursery school in The Hague)
* Each child has at birth, a Bowl of perfect light. If he tends his light, it will grow in strength, and he can do all things- swim with the shark, fly with the birds, know and understand all things. If, however, he becomes envious or jealous, he drops a stone into his Bowl of light, and some of that light goes out. Light and the stone cannot hold the same space. If he continues to put stones in his Bowl of light, the light will go out, and he will become a stone. A stone does not grow, nor does it move. If at any point he tires of being a stone, all he needs to do is turn the bowl upside down, and the stones will fall away, and the light will grow once more.
– Tales from the Night Rainbow.