Given that, I've made some amendments to Robert Fulghum's list of what he learned in kindergarten in his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, told from Charlie Brown's point of view. My apologies in advance both to Fulghum and the Schultz estate.
1. Share everything AND PEOPLE WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOU.
2. Play fair AND YOU'LL LOSE.
3. Don't hit people AND YOU'LL GET SLUGGED.
4. Put thngs back where you found them AND SOMEONE ELSE WILL STEAL THEM INSTEAD.
5. Clean up your own mess AND OTHERS WILL LEAVE THEIRS FOR YOU TO CLEAN UP TOO.
6. Don't take things that aren't yours AND OTHERS WILL TAKE THINGS THAT ARE.
7. Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT.
8. Wash your hands before you eat, YOU KNOW WHERE THEY'VE BEEN.
9. Flush EVEN THOUGH THE LAST PERSON DIDN'T.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you BUT IF THAT DOESN'T WORK TRY THERAPY.
11. Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some BUT ESPECIALLY DRINK.
12. Take a nap every afternoon UNLESS YOU'RE A DOG, IN WHICH CASE SLEEP ALL DAY.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together OR THE CROWD WILL TURN ON YOU.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that LUCY KNOWS WHY, ASK HER.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we. BUT ONLY WE GO TO HELL.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.”OUT!