Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
Yesterday was Dr. Seuss's Birthday!
My favorite book is Oh, the places You'll Go!
I received this book when I graduated High School, a long time ago.
The wisdom in this book is classic. It should be given to every kindergarten, and read again at the of high school.
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
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 guy who'll decide where to go.
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care. About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there." With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you're too smart t ogo down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any you'll want to go down.
In that case, of you'll head straight out of town.
Its opener there in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen, don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.
Oh! The Places you'll go!
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.
You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don't.
Because sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so
but sadly, it's true that Bang-ups
Can happen to you.
You can get all hung up in a prickley-perc.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a lurch.
You'll come down from the Lurch
with an upleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a slump.
And when you're in a slump,
you're not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win?
And if you go in, should you turn left or right. . .
or right and three quarters? or maybe, not quiet?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.
You can get so confused that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, and headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place. . .
for people just waiting.
Wating for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane togo or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fist to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a better break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another chance. Everyone is just waiting.
That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape
all that wating and staying. You will find the bright places where BOOM Bands are playing.
With banner flip-flapping, once more you'll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you're that kind of a guy!
Oh the places you'll go! There is fun to be done1 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.
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 laready 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 ot 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.)
Kid you'll move mountains!
So. . .
be your name buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen o'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your maintain is wating.
So . . .get on your way!
There is a sermon in there, one written for me.
I lu huv this book.
Right now I am in the wating game.
I am waiting to find out what place I will go.
My mountain is waiting.
Thank You Dr. Seuss. Thank you for writing this book for me!