I think the world would be a rosier planet if we would learn to be more flexible, rather than being stuck in the rut of ideological stagnation.

I’m reading “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” by Robert Fulghum and first published his #1 best seller in 1986. I was tucked into bed last night thoroughly enjoying all the little observations of life the author described so eloquently and then turned to page 50. I smiled to myself and made a mental note that in the morning I would share two paragraphs with anyone who cared to take the time to read them and think about the possibilities of a different perspective:

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode half in the air…explode softly…and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth…boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either…not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.

Guess that sounds absurd, doesn’t it? A bit dumb. Crazy and silly and weird. But I was reading in the paper today how much money the Russians and our Congress just set aside for weapons. And I think about what those weapons will do. And I’m not confused about what is weird and silly and crazy and absurd. And I’m not confused by a lack of, or the need for, imagination in low or high places. Pass the crayons, please.”

Today I am coloring my world in bright and happy and pleasing hues. Oh, yes…one more thing about kindergarten and my day today is knowing that eventually, it will be nap time.

Dennis L. Page

5 thoughts on “A Different Perspective

    1. Thank you. I believe we need to concentrate more on our commonalities rather than the things that divide us. I tip my hat to you for being a member of the teaching profession. After 42 years, my wife will finally be retiring in June as a 1st grade teacher.

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  1. It may have been in the 1970’s or 80’s when the new sought after toy was a neutron bomb which would kill people but save the things. I thought that to be totally depraved. Maybe some progress has been made. Regardless could you pass me the crayolas. As an aside my wife and I retired one year ago this month. Trust me there will be little crayola time but retirement is different in a good way.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Phil. I retired a couple of years ago and now wonder how did I do everything before and still work? I run out of time each day. It is so strange. Perhaps I’m simply moving slower without realizing it. My wife has a lot of Crayolas after a lifetime of teaching. I, on the other hand, have a lot of paint for the various birdhouses I make. Hobbies are much more productive for my well-being than focusing on the constant barrage of doom and gloom from the newsroom.


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