You Really Do Learn The Best Stuff in Kindergarten

May 6, 2011 | 20 comments

It’s true, what Robert Fulghum said.

I’ts not always the advanced degrees or the big promotion that propel us ahead in this life.
Most often, it’s what we learned in kindergarten.

I went on a field trip yesterday with my sweet-cheeked girl and 71 other kindergarteners. And I learned from six-year-olds how to live a life, and live it to the full, John 10:10 style.

1 — Find a song, and play it loud.
And if you can’t play a note
to save your life, 
slide into it belly-first.

2 — Reach higher than you thought possible.

3 — Hug the necks of good friends.

4 — Maintain your sense of wonder.

5 — Remember: We were not created to live in isolation.
God created us to work together, to live in community as the one body.

6 — Take a risk, and be surprised by joy! 

7 — Just. Be. Still.

“I have come that they may have life,
and have it to the full.”
— John 10:10

by | May 6, 2011 | 20 comments


    • dukeslee

      You got that right. A lot of wisdom wrapped up in those little people. Thanks Lyla. And have a great weekend! I’ll be hangin’ with my Mom. 🙂

  1. nmdr

    that was a big group!
    fun ways to learn 🙂

  2. Charity Singleton

    Makes me want to go to kindergarten all over again! Glad you got to go on the field trip.

    • dukeslee

      Hi Charity!

      I’m glad I could go, too. In Anna’s eyes, I’m still cool. I’m not sure when that attitude will wear off, so as long as she wants me to hang around, I’m SO THERE! 🙂

  3. S. Etole

    valuable lessons all … I hope you mom is better

    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Susan.

      My Mom is better. Nothing short of a miracle, truly! I’ve got a note on my Facebook page if you want to read the update. But the short answer is this: God has been working a healing miracle in my mother!

  4. Tay

    I love this! I am keeping this and going to look back on it whenever I need some encouragement. So awesome!! You are awesome! 🙂

    • dukeslee

      Thank you, Tay! It has been such an encouragement to have you stop by these last few weeks. Do you have a blog, too?

      • Tay

        No, I am just a faithful blog follower and commenter!

  5. annette

    love. LOVE this! so simply true. happy day to you!

    • dukeslee

      Happy day to you, too, Annette! It’s a beautiful day here. I’m inside after a long and beautiful morning outdoors. 🙂

  6. Sheila

    My daughter, my lone ticket to the motherhood game, is 29 years old today.

    Yes, the years fly by.

    She never went through a phase of not wanting me near. But I would suggest that if your daughter does go through such a stage, it’s a sign that she really NEEDS you near.

    Now, through her children, I’m blessed with a second opportunity to experience the world through a child’s eyes.

  7. Nancy

    Oh yes! By all means, hug the necks of good friends (even the virtual ones!)

  8. amy danielle smith

    Thank you for the kind words and prayers you left over at my place. You bless. xo

  9. Missie

    Love this! Maintain wonder! That is totally how I want to live my life!

  10. Jennifer@Adam's Rib

    My children are my best teachers. I don’t know what I did before them.

  11. Jim Martin

    Jennifer, you have a great blog! This is a very good post. I like what you have done with the theme and the pictures. Very good!

  12. David Rupert

    I always wanted one of those “Big” pianos. What fun!

  13. Angie Vik

    As always your posts bring a smile to my face. Love your heart that sees good things everywhere and your gift of writing that allows you to share what you’ve learned with others.



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