April 23, 2010

Dr. Seuss Made Me Believe Anything Was Possible


When I was a kid I didn’t have many of my own books. We relied mostly on the library, and my library card was one of my most prized possessions. It was my key to a world bigger than I could imagine.

My favorite books were the silly and odd writings of Dr. Seuss.  Oh, how I loved Dr. Seuss.  Every book was something new.  Crazy bird-type creatures, people with silly names, outlandish locations.  And the ever-funny situations.  Each book took me on an adventure far away from the boring normal everyday life. I learned that if something broke it could always be fixed.  The Lorax taught me that I had to be aware of the environment. The Cat in the Hat was just crazy and silly and over the top but taught me that fun could be had if I just looked for it.

When I was pregnant with BabyGirl I started buying up books on eBay or at thrift stores. I wanted her to have a ton of books. To be able to read anything she might find interesting.  And I knew that for the first many years it would be me having the pleasure of reading these books all over again.  I’d be able to go back to the days of my childhood escaping reality to the make-believe worlds of Dr. Seuss.

I loved reading about crazy animals like the Lorax, the star-bellied Sneecthes, and of course the many-humped camels. I was taken to crazy places like Boober Bay at Bum Ridge.  And I learned about machines such as thromdibulators. Each and every book was full of friends who made me laugh and be happy. I really thought that no matter what the situation that I could be like the people and things in the Dr. Seuss books and find the possibilities in everything.

Sharing these books with BabyGirl is a true and absolute pleasure. Watching her smile and hearing her laugh at the silly situations melts my heart.  Once she began to read independently she still indulged me and let me read to her.  Now, she’s 7 and her choice of books is much more advanced.  Every once in awhile, though, I get the joy of reading the following:

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Dr. Seuss is read and loved by so many. What are your favorites?


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Pink and Polka Dot April 23, 2010 at 7:00 am

I big time love my library and so do my girls! My favorite is “The Little Prince.”

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