It’s no surprise I’m a day behind with this post (actually being only a day behind on something is a bit of a record for me lately). But I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to celebrate a man who’s taught me—and my family—quite a bit. Yes, the one and only Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 107 yesterday.
I’ll admit, I was familiar with his stories as a child, but I don’t remember loving them. Lenny, on the other hand, did. So much so that he bought a collection of stories and read them to my belly when I was pregnant with Big. I know some people think the idea of communicating with a fetus is crazy, but Big can’t get enough of Dr. Seuss now (or Kelly Clarkson or Curious George—the other two things he OD’ed on in utero).
I feel like I’ve rediscovered Dr. Seuss as a mom, and I’m so happy I have. Here are just a few of the lessons my kids and I have learned—together—through his magical words.
Lesson #1: It’s fun to experiment and make a mess, but Mom expects you to clean up after yourself. (Cat in the Hat)
Lesson #2: You’d be surprised the things you like, if only you give them a try. (Green Eggs and Ham)
Lesson #3: The alphabet is much more fun when it ends with a Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, as you can plainly see. (Dr. Seuss’s ABCs)
Lesson #4: Then again, if you use your imagination, the alphabet doesn’t have to end with the Z—not for me. (On Beyond Zebra)
Lesson #5: Made up words are sure to make little brothers giggle.
Lesson #6: “Christmas can be every day if we just love everybody.” -Quote by Big (Said as I tried to force the last Christmas decoration out of his room. Yes, it’s still in there…and, yes, he still asks to watch The Grinch.)
Lesson #7: Sometimes just falling asleep can take the help of millions. (The Sleep Book)
Lesson #8: Little ol’ me can make a difference to a friend in need—and even the planet. (Horton Hears a Who and The Lorax)
Lesson #9: Watch out world, here I come…and I’m going to do amazing things. (Oh the Places You’ll Go)
Lesson #10: Birthdays deserve the royal treatment…or at least a blog post. (Happy Birthday to You!) So in that spirit, happy birthday to my other friends and family who share Dr. Seuss’s big day: Jodie, Katie, Addison and Yahoo!. I hope your day was as special as if you were in Katroo!
What are some of your Dr. Seuss favorites and why?