The Duh?! Stuff

Robert Fulghum was right. All we ever needed to know we learned in kindergarten. At times when I commit stupid mistakes (which happens all the time. Not proud of them though), I get this idea that my mistakes are growing more difficult as I grow older. However when I analyze my mistakes and see the root causes (did I just say I analyze my mistakes? @_@), I don’t see a physics problem or a differential equation causing me to commit a heinous act. The cause is usually–if not, always–a failure to follow a kindergarten rule. The Duh?! stuff–the things ingrained in my memory that seemed to have been reformatted during life’s delinquent moments. Thus, following Mr. Fulghum’s footsteps, I created my own list of All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten list that would serve as a reminder for decision making–the Top 20 Duh?! Stuff.

  1. Knock before opening a door.

  2. Always say “Po” and “Opo” to a person older than you.

  3. The magic words are as magical as the days of Abraham and Isaac: thank you and please.

  4. Don’t pester your Mom and Dad to buy you stuff (even if they can afford it). It diminishes your cuteness factor by adding lines to the benefactors’ foreheads (or pimples,  depending on the genes)

  5.  Fighting is for babies, the wimps and the chickens. For the so-called “mature adults” that includes backbiting, gossiping, slandering via Facebook and YM statuses (patama ng patama, hindi naman niya mabababasa!)

  6. Ask permission if you want to use the things of others. Even if it’s just a Panda ballpen. Ask. For. The. Owner’s. Permission. PLEASE.

  7. Make sure you run with your shoe laces tied.

  8. Don’t hesitate to ask Dad and Mom for help and to tell them if you’re hurt in any way. Being a Daddy’s angel or a Momma’s boy is the best role to play. Ever. 🙂

  9. Pray to God everyday. He’s listening to you (no matter how old or young you are).

  10. STUDY FIRST BEFORE YOU PLAY OUTSIDE. Or inside if your DoTA, Farmville, Sims or Left 4 Dead apparatus and friends are inside a shop, or worse, your house.

  11. Make friends with the outsiders, the weird bunch and the geeks.

  12. Share your food with friends especially when they have little or no baon. (Kaso hindi. Minsan konti na nga baon niya, nakakailang tikim ka. Ang tikim isang kapiranggot lang, okay?)

  13. Don’t watch too near the TV, unless you want to undergo Lasik surgery or wear contacts by the age of 13.

  14. Obey Dad, Mom, teachers, Ate, Kuya, policeman (unless he’s unaware of the traffic rule you’re defending) and pastors. Enough said.

  15. Make sure you change your shirt when your back is sweaty so that you won’t get cough and/or colds. Spares Dad and Mom the worry and expenses for your medicines.

  16. Look to the left and to the right before you cross the street. God gave you 2 eyes. Use them.

  17. Eat your vegetables. (Meat and junk-food lovers have higher risks of heart disease and other major illnesses because they refused veggies when they were kids.)

  18. Fix your things the night before going to school so that you won’t have to ask paper all the time from your classmate who was responsible enough to fix his things the night before he went to school. Ouch.

  19. Sleep at 9:00 (or 9:30). checks time 10:50…@_@

  20. Never talk to strangers. Especially if they look, act and speak strangely nice and accommodating. There ain’t no prince charming to kiss you because you were either too foolish or too hungry that you ate a poison apple offered by a homely, conniving witch.

There are hundreds of other lessons that state the obvious. Mind sharing me your favorites? 🙂

Author: Jenny J. Talam

Storyteller who actually prefers to read and listen to stories. Food fan. Budding events host. Collector and avid user of colorful pens and stack-high notebooks. Media enthusiast. Learner. Adventurer. Introvert. Child and servant of the one true King. Forgiven and loved. Hello, my name is Jennifer Grace. You can call me Jenny. Welcome to my story of grace! :)

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