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Feel Good Friday, March 1, 2013

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Parkway ES 2
Lots of birthdays get celebrated. I’m already looking forward to my next and it’s not until December. Tomorrow, March 2nd, is the anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel… Dr. Seuss. It is a day celebrated by many as Read Across America Day. I’m sure the good doctor would be pleased to be remembered with such a fitting gesture.

Born in 1904, he did a lot more than write and illustrate children’s books, but that is what he is remembered for. I’m ok with that. His rich, fertile imagination gave us The Cat in the Hat, Horton, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and although not as popular as some of his other stories, my personal favorite, Sneetches at Beaches. And those titles barely scratch the surface of all he created.

It is perfect timing for me, in case you didn’t know. My daughter has just returned home for a few months while her husband returns to Afghanistan. I’ve mentioned this recently, but support for our military families can’t be stressed enough. Anyway… I get my granddaughters for a while. Along with my grandson, I have three little ones who range in age from just over two to almost four. As soon as they get over their jet lag, they came from Hawaii, I will start doing bed time stories and songs. You can bet Dr. Seuss will be well represented.

When my daughters were young I read to them the stories from Middle Earth and Narnia. I think those tales may still be a little mature for the babes, but the day is not far off when I can again share the adventures of Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and the gang, as well as the characters from Narnia. You know what they say. “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.” I can’t wait.
We always sang our special song just before the lights went out, too. It’s Good Night, from The Beatles White Album. It always had such a peaceful, calming effect.

Time to start singing my songs to them, break out the Shel Silverstein books, re-visit Amelia Bedelia and be a kid again.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss. And thank you.

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