Hello Dear Readers,
Today marks the 116th birthday of the much beloved author Dr. Seuss. In honor of his infinite contributions to making this world a better place to be, it is also celebrated as Read Across America Day.
Dr. Seuss wrote the first book I was able to read independently. And the next three too. My parents didn’t believe I was reading the words, they thought I had simply memorized the words. But I knew. I remember the letters morphing into a WORD, and the word became a sentence. Then a paragraph. Then poetry and prose. My whole world opened up to a richer experience than even my childhood imagination could fathom.
I didn’t grow up in a religious or spiritual environment, but I craved that connection. I didn’t understand the word Grace beyond “a ballet dancer is graceful”, but that is what I was, in my own way, praying for. Then I was blessed to become a reader. Books were my teachers, friends, and connection to a power and spirit that was greater than any spectacle my child-mind witnessed. My moral compass was seeded in the books of Dr. Seuss. Decades later, my conscience still flashes on his stories when I am being stubborn or judgmental. I certainly can’t be the only person who carries his stories in their bones.
Here are a few fun facts about Dr. Seuss:
- To win a bet, He used only 50 unique words to write “Green Eggs & Ham”.
- Seuss was not only Theodor “Ted” Seuss Geisel’s middle name, it was his mother’s maiden name. He used her name to honor the gift of poetry that she brought into his life.
- When asked what motivated him to write books for children, he responded “I don’t write for children. I write for people.”
- Dr. Seuss is credited with the first published use of the word “nerd”, appearing in his 1950’s book “If I Ran a Zoo”. (It wasn’t derogatory)
- Before realizing his vision of Whoville, Sneetches, and a wondrous Cat in a Hat, the author tried his hand at writing and illustrating erotica. He quickly realized this venture was a flop because, well – just imagine illustrations of naked women drawn by Dr. Seuss and you’ll get the picture!
Did you have a favorite book or author as a child? If you are a parent, what stories do your kids love most? What books do you cherish in your life now? I would love to hear your stories upon stories!
Much Love and Blessings,