Tuesday, March 3, 2015

happy 111th birthday!

I wanted to write this one yesterday, but alas, I had a more pressing post to post, so today, a day late, happy birthday to the late great Dr. Seuss. He would have been 111 years old. His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, and alas, he was not a doctor at all.

I am adding a quote from one of my favorite books of his, his last book published while he was alive, Oh, The Places You'll Go!, I used to read that book to my daughter while she was in utero. When I asked her if she remembered she said “No, not really.” I love her honesty. There are so many good lines here so I quoted the whole second half of the book. I am really enjoying it right now, particularly because of the part about, “You'll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.” Great advice about the rollercoaster of life. Thank you Dr Seuss!

"Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)



Yesterday was Lou Reed's birthday too.

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