We Learned it all from Teacher


Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be I learned at nursery school. Wisdom was not at the top of the university mountain, but there in the sandpit.

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. Live a balanced life. Learn a bit and think a bit, and draw and sing and dance and play and work every day.

Take a nap in the 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 up, and nobody really knows 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 one of the first words you learned to read, the biggest word of all: look

Think what a better world it would be if we all had biscuits and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy always to put things back where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. And it is true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

 

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