March 2, 1904 a baby boy was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. His name: Theodor Seuss Geisel. He would grow up to be our very own Dr. Seuss. We, of course, know him most for his children’s stories. And they took off with something of a dare. You see, William Ellsworth Spaulding, the director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin, gave Dr. Seuss a list of over 300 words–words he believed every first-grader should know. The mission: whittle the list by a hundred words or so, then use those words to write “. . . a book children can’t put down.” With that, The Cat in the Hat was born. Though he never had children of his own, his words and illustrations continue to entertain and inspire children the whole world through. His words may continue to teach us, no matter our age.
With that, a few words from the man of the hour . . .
A person’s a person, no matter how small.–Dr. SeussYou’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.–Dr. SeussAdults are just outdated children.–Dr. SeussUnless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.–Dr. SeussI like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.–Dr. SeussFrom there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.–Dr. Seuss