Reflecting on childhood memories I enjoyed having my father read Dr. Seuss books to us kids before bedtime or on rainy Sunday afternoons. There were a few special favorites way back then — the classics, like Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. Remember them? As the years went on I read those stories to my younger sister and brother, and children I babysat for.
In time, my husband and I read the same Dr. Seuss books to our own children, the familiar classics, and new ones that included Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! Both of our daughters were delighted to share countless readings of Oh Say Can You Say! Dr. Seuss books were favorite early readers in our household, as well.
Not long ago my husband bought Hop on Pop for our granddaughter… It is definitely a favorite, and she has found much delight not only in reading the book with whoever is willing, but also “hopping” on her “pop” when he is unsuspecting of her game! At this point I am not sure that son-in-law is thrilled about the introduction of this Dr. Seuss book to his home, but I am confident he will look back at the fond memories it sparks in the years ahead.
At this stage of my life, square in middle age and fiercely determined to make the most of each opportunity, I find another Dr. Seuss favorite speaks to where many of us are. This is a story that I want to read to my daughters and grandchildren because it sends a message I want them to always keep in their minds and hearts. Perhaps you are familiar with Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“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… “
~ Dr. Seuss
I gave my husband a copy of this book for his 30th birthday (it was the era of reading countless Dr. Seuss books to our children, why not one more?!) The humorous verse and pictures definitely addressed what Seuss called “The Great Balancing Act” meaning life itself, and the ups and downs it presents.
Underlying the realities of all that we face in life over the years the message in this book encourages us to find the success that lies within us. And this is something I believe is truly important no matter what our age or stage of life…
This joyous ode to personal fulfillment is one book that could not have been written by a young author. It is Seuss at his best. Parents young and old will find Oh, the Places You’ll Go! the perfect send–off for children starting out in the maze of life — be they preschool grads or medical school achievers. Everyone will find it filled with inspiration and great fun.
Do share what you remember about your favorite Dr. Seuss books!