As a very passionate person, I grew up loving holidays; Whether it was Christmas or Valentine’s Day! (Y’all can thank my mother for that!). We had a million traditions and still to this day, we tend to keep to most of them. One of my favorites is our shared love for celebrating anything and everything. We used to have a “Birthday Fairy” that visited our home the morning of our birthdays – decorate the entire house in balloons and streamers. Leprechauns visited on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day and dyed everything green and tied our shoelaces together. 🙂 Genuinely, looking back, it was never something I looked at as a “lie” to me from my parents. I look at it as amazing traditions that I have passed down to my children.
One of these beloved holidays in my house was always March 2nd. Dr. Seuss’ birthday. I lived with my mom for quite sometime (moved out and back in a couple times!) and even at 22 she made me green eggs & ham every year. The first book I could read was How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I’m not sure if it was because my mom read it to me many times or if it was because my mom can literally recite EVERY WORD of that book and I still to this day find it amusing and make her recite it at random times, random months of the year. (It’s also my daughter’s favorite book & her favorite character ever!)
To Dr. Seuss, I want to say thank you. I may not have known it when I was younger, but you shaped me. As much as most of my teachers and coaches, your words spoke to me and gave me my guidelines to live my life by. I just told my daughter the other day, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” She brushed it off, much like I imagine I did at the age of four, but I couldn’t help but smile. My children will know of your wisdom; they will know that reading can be fun; and they will know that reading and knowledge is power. I have always loved to read, and I have to give credit where credit is due. Dr. Seuss’ books are the books I remember always staying with me.
And while it may not be your birthday, I also have to say thank you to my mom. For always reading to me and being certain that I would always take education seriously and have fun doing so. I love you, mom. Happy Dr. Seuss Day!
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” -Dr. Seuss