Thursday, October 31, 2013



Comes in many forms, most people obtain it the old fashioned way by living life in the trenches, having
been there and done that. Our Seniors and and Fifty somethings have much to offer if asked. I believe
ones maturity directly corresponds to wisdom exhibited through speech and mannerism no matter what
the age. I have met some impressive young people over the years. Having intellect does not always
equal having good ole common sense. It's been said that some intellectuals couldn't find their way out
of a wet paper bag without a manual. Thank goodness we have them amongst us bless their hearts, even
if they possess no finesse in common-sense-ology.

When the problems of the world past and present are pondered, individuals, governments, special
interest activists and political party's all posture themselves one way or the other, always with the best
of intentions (wink-wink) fail miserably looking for lofty answers to these problems by continuing or
demanding more tax payer money to be spent and without question forming yet another useless
committee for further research.

May I suggest a return to the sand pile where solutions to real world problems were first addressed. I
first read this gem of wisdom back in 1986 by author Robert Fulghum from the book; All I Really Need
To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. I thought this would be a great opportunity to pass this jewel of
wisdom along to Foothills Times readers:

~Most of what I need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in
kindergarten. Wisdom was not a the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile 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. Flush. Warm cookies and 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 everyday 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.~

Lets return to the aforementioned term “been there done that” and ask ourselves this question; Yes I've
been there (Kindergarten), but have we (as a society) done that?

Bobby Kiger

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