“in the sandpile at Sunday school”

The following is a quote from the back cover of Robert Fulghum’s book, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.

Most of what 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 sandpile at Sunday 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.
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 out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.

Found this 1988 edition on one of my bookshelves. I see that there is a 25th anniversary edition on Amazon. As I begin to read the book, I’m sure it will be outdated (pre cell phones, pc computers in infancy, no social media networks, etc), but the Sunday school sandbox has been around for a long time.

Watch for elaborations.


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