“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss
Theodore Seuss Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) was born this day (March 2nd) in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1904. In his lifetime he was recognized for the forty-four children’s books he published as well as being a cartoonist and an illustrator for advertising campaigns, the most notable being Standard Oil. When interviewed he indicated that his imaginative characters, rhyme and children’s verse were inspired by his mother’s unique bedtime ritual. Mrs. Geisel would chant rhymes for remembering the names of pies she had baked earlier in the day at the family bakery in lieu of stories.
In honor of Dr. Seuss, today is the annual date for National Read Across America Day, a reading initiative created by the National Education Association.
Remember, as Dr. Seuss advised us in one of my all time favorite books Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“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.”
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!