Kennebec Valley Chamber

Serving the Kennebec Valley, Maine Region

Join the Chamber

Browse Members

Event Calendar

FacebookTwitterLinkedIn

Newsletters

June Newsletter

Member Login

If you experience any difficulty retrieving your login information, please call the office.

Friday Report ~ July 10, 2015

Play Nice - With summer in Maine comes visitors. Family, friends etc, tend to descend on our lovely state to take advantage of the amazing weather and all we have to offer. My in-laws actually came a few days early this year due to the heat in Florida exceeding their “happy” level.

My brother-in-law and sister-in-law make the trek from Ohio every year at this time so that we can have the entire family together, but also because this weekend is the Moxie Festival in my town! Who can resist a Moxie and the great events we have (parade, awesome concert etc. Shameless plug, visit www.moxiefestival.com )

My nephew is a young fella of only 2 years. He is awfully cute and very well behaved. Spending time with him reminded me of some of the golden rules that we should all keep in mind as we interact with each other. The following is from a book called “ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN" by Robert Fulghum.  See his web site at http://www.robertfulghum.com

All 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 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.
  • 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.

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 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 at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies 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 in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.

So there it is. Enjoy your visitors or those you visit and have a wonderful summer.