Everything Good In Me I Learned From Dr. Seuss

Well, okay, maybe not everything.

I was sitting in The Coterie Theatre, cross-legged on the floor, envying kids for their ability to contort their bodies in such uncomfortable positions (and really, did I have to wear jeans instead of nice comfy stretch pants?), grinning from ear to ear at the songs and Dr. Seuss stories being referenced in Seussical, when it struck me…A huge part of who I am as a person is a direct result of reading Dr. Seuss as a child.

Horton Hatches the Egg is a excellent example. Hands down, it was and still is, my favorite story by Seuss. And Horton’s standard line…

I meant what I said and I said what I meant

And an elephant’s faithful

One hundred percent!

Keep your word, the story admonished me. Above all things, keep your word and do what you promised you would do. Nothing bothers me more than breaking a promise or feeling as if I have let someone down.

For a man who never had children of his own, he famously said, “You have ’em; I’ll entertain ’em,” Ted Geisel has taught me many lasting lessons in my life.

He taught me to dream…

 

He taught me to be faithful…

 

He taught me that all creatures should be free to choose their own destiny and not be subjected to tyranny or irrational overbearing laws and demands…

He taught me to accept myself, and others, for who we are and not fuss over whose got stars upon thars…

He taught me that it does matter what I do each day and the way I choose to live upon this earth…

And he taught me to pass on the dream…

Hmmm…perhaps it’s time I bought this little gem…

In the end, I realized that Dr. Seuss has been with me since the very beginning, dogging my steps, providing a conscience, a dream or two, and a lot of smiles along the way. By the end of Seussical, I had tears in my eyes. Silly? Maybe. But also true. I can’t help it, just about everything good about me I learned from Dr. Seuss…and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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