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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

"Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them."
Dr. Seuss

Theodore Geisel may have passed away in 1991, but Dr. Seuss lives forever.

Today would have been the 106th birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, perhaps our most under-appreciated national treasures.

Dr. Seuss taught generations of children that:

"a person's a person, no matter how small."
--Horton Hears a Who


"down here at the bottom we, too, should have rights."
--Yertle the Turtle


"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 one who'll decide where to go..."
--Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Dr. Seuss taught all us kids to not be afraid to try new things (Green Eggs & Ham), the importance of preserving the environment (The Lorax) and that discrimination is stupid (The Sneetches)

But maybe most importantly, he gave us the keys to the worlds inside our heads. He made us think that maybe there was more to life than the grownups would have us believe.
Maybe there was an alphabet that began where Z left off. An alphabet that begins with the letter "Yuzz."

"My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz. It s the letter I use to spell yuzz a ma tuzz. You'll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you go beyond Z and start poking around "

And of course, he was right. If you go poking around beyond what you are supposed to know, you might just find a whole new universe.

Dr. Seuss did.

He created his own universe in which houses like this:

could be the norm, and trains could careen down rickety tracks like this:
and that would be just fine.

And why couldn't a talking cat drop in to entertain you on a rainy day?

These things were all in your imagination, you just had to know how to let them out.

"Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"

(for another interesting side to Theodore Suess Geisel which a lot of people don't know about, click here for some of his political cartoons)

1 comment:

Blueberry said...

If you're too old for Dr. Seuss, you're too old.