Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Via on Mar 1, 2012
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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

~ Dr. Seuss

Theodore Geisel was an amazing man. Before throat cancer took him from us in 1991, he left a legacy to spark the imagination and help enlighten young minds. In honor of his birthday, March 2nd, schools across the U.S. celebrate “Read Across America” by reading his works together throughout the day.

He is a favorite of mine, no matter how old I get. Sometimes I wonder if I read his books to my children because they want to hear the stories or because I do. I can get through almost all of Fox in Socks from memory these days.

They I have a stuffed Horton among my collection of elephants because of course “an elephant’s faithful—one-hundred percent.” We’ve started a tradition of playing “Seusscrabble” and taking all the Scrabble tiles to make up words that would have made him proud (and you must make up a definition to get the points!).

He made us curious about the places we’d go. He reminded us whose opinions really matter. He inspired us to hold out for that compatible weirdo—wherever he or she may be. He taught about caring for the environment, racial equality, anti-consumerism, and many other parts of the mindful life in his delightful way.

 

So today, for Dr. Seuss: Just be you. Be the youest you you can be (and those of us who matter won’t mind a bit).

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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3 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!”

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