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It seems to me that the Ascension is in many ways like the first day of kindergarten. Jesus is the parent who has been with the apostles- with us- but now it is time for us to strike out on our own. It takes courage to let go and walk into the classroom, but as a result we have the opportunity to grow. We will learn about our potential, we will grow to and be able to help our family, and if we act with courage we can reach out and change the world around us.

And like a good parent, Jesus has not abandoned us, He is always with us and will offer us his hand in friendship and love anytime we ask for it.

Author Robert Fulghum captures the possibilities of taking that first step in his delightful book: All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten:

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 sandbox at nursery school.

Think of what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankets for a nap. Or if we had a basic policy in our nation and other nations to always put things back where we found them and clean up our own messes. 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.

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. Flush. 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 some every day.

Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the plastic 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 plastic cup – they all die. So do we.

And then remember the book about Dick and Jane 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 sane living.

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