Everything I Need to Know, I Didn't Learn in Kindergarten

Years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book of short essays titled, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. The first essay, bearing the title of the book, is a list of things that Fulghum learned in his first organized school setting. Things like the importance of sharing, playing fair, putting things back where you found them, saying you are sorry, and the need to take a nap every afternoon.

While I respect Fulghum’s position on the need for society to embrace such values, I cannot honestly say I learned everything I needed to know while in kindergarten.

Perhaps it’s because I didn’t go to kindergarten.

Looking back, I am not sure it was because I was so advanced that I went directly to first grade. It is just as likely that the people in charge wouldn’t let me in. That’s still up for debate depending on who you ask?

One thing I am sure of . . . Everything I need to know I learned from my Mom.

Mom did all of the teaching, and I just went along for the ride. I was home schooled 20 years before home schooling was even invented. Now days, my Dad is the one doing the riding.

My Mom was a bit different than Fulghum’s kindergarten teacher. As I recall, we skipped the lesson on playing fair. Mom taught me that, life is not always fair, and people don’t always share. 

She told me there was one rule to live by and it was golden. “Treat others the way you want them to treat you,” she would say, regardless of whether they do the right thing or not.

Mom also said, “You can do & be anything you set your mind to. You are a winner. Work hard. Encourage others, honor your father, set an example for your little brother and sister, and tell the truth.”

I never recall her making me take a nap either. We were too busy visiting fabric stores and working in flower beds or vegetable gardens to have time for naps.

Looking back, I really have no regrets about missing out on kindergarten. Mom taught me to read, write, and do math a year before my first grade teacher, Mrs. Elrod ,ever got a hold of me.

I am so grateful to my first teacher, my mom. The woman who taught me, “There are two kinds of people in the world . . . Leaders & followers. You need to be a leader. The world needs good leaders.”

While I still fall short of mom’s work ethic, character, love, and resolve, it certainly is not because I lacked an example. She was, and still is, everything I could hope to be.

i2i,

Randy

What is the best thing your mom ever taught you?


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Dan Black

8 years ago

My mom has taught me the importance of working hard. She mainly showed me through example. Great post.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Thanks Dan!

Dan Black

8 years ago

Your welcome.

Coach Brown

8 years ago

This is great. Today we have too many ‘mothers’ who feel they sacrificed enough to bear their child. They have their own life to live and are busy in their careers. Thus, churches and schools are expected to raise her children. I am thankful for a stay at home mother who instructed me, disciplined me, and raised me too!

randygravitt

8 years ago

Awesome Coach!

KW

8 years ago

Unconditional love…standing for what is right…not allowing others to define you…not shrinking back!…a life forever changed by her…and now the greatest compliment I ever receive is to be told that I am like my mom.

randygravitt

8 years ago

Your mom is the best KW! She was always so supportive to me & my family. Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in your case. Keep making a difference!

Ja

8 years ago

My mom use to give us the same golden rule “Treat others as you would have them treat you.” A lot of wisdom in that…
Ja

randygravitt

8 years ago

No doubt Jason. Our mom’s got it from Jesus!

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