All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

--share everything
--play fair
--don’t hit people
--put things back where you found them
--don’t take things that aren’t yours
--clean up your own mess
--say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody
--wash your hands before you sit down to 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. Remember the little seed in the foam 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 even the little seeds in the foam cup – they all die. So do we.
--And then remember the Dick & Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm.

Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are – when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

by: Robert Fulghum

The Baptism of Jesus

This is my Beloved Son

" The baptism of Jesus is on his part
the acceptance and inauguration
of his mission as God's suffering Servant.
He allows himself to be numbered among sinners...
the Father's voice responds to the son's acceptance...
and the heavens are opened
- the heavens that Adam's sin had closed...
a prelude to the new creation."

*Painting by Danny Hahlbohm, quote from
Catechism 536

The Gift of the Magi

One of my favourite Christmas stories by O. Henry
You have to read to the end to find out the meaning of the title...

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to the second, take a look at the home. A furnished flat at $8 per week...

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