Robert Fulghum had the right idea when he wrote the book, "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten."
His writings express the simplest, yet most caring words heard by toddlers learning the first lessons of how to treat others, as well as themselves.
I first heard about Mr. Fulghum's book in 1988, while I was attending Parents' Night at my daughter's preschool.
Nancy Gregg, then director of the YMCA Chipmunk Program, greeted parents and shared a passage from Mr. Fulghum's book she felt was fitting for the occasion.
I find myself thinking about that passage every now and again. It certainly made an impression on me and I would like to pass it along.
"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 sand pile at Sunday School.
"These are the things I learned:
"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 in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
"Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why. But we are all like that.
"Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup -- they all die. So do we.
"And then remember the Dick and Jane books and the first word you learned -- the biggest word of all -- 'LOOK.' "
If you love a parade, you're in luck.
This Wednesday the city of Westminster and American Legion Post No. 31 will sponsor the annual Halloween Parade beginning at 7 p.m. in Belle Grove Square.
Floats, bands, people in costumes and businesses with floats or displays are invited to register at 6 p.m. at Belle Grove Square.
Prizes will be awarded.