Thank you, Dr. Seuss!
Recently I became quite concerned over statistics published regarding the education of our youth. Even more concerning than the statistics is the blame game. As I have real questions and earnestly want the thoughts of others (sans jumping on the mud-throwing bandwagon) I chose to go to the bookshelf to educate myself on what can be done. Naturally, I turned to Dr. Seuss.
It must be acknowledged without hesitation, doubt, or wonder that my favorite, favorite Dr. Seuss book is "Oh! The Places You'll Go!" Packed with life lessons, I tend to present this book as a gift to as many people who will accept it. But tonight I chose another favorite, "The Sneetches." In an effort to understand how one Mom can get a handle on things of this magnitude, I share some thoughts derived from dear Dr. Seuss via The Sneetches.
- Whether you have stars upon thars or not, we are all in this together.
- Blaming the have's or the have-nots is non-productive and hurts everyone.
- It takes one second to say hello to someone unfamiliar; one never knows where a new friend will come from.
- Even as an adult it hurts to be ignored and not asked to play.
- Coming together for good food, whether it be a frankfurter roast or seven-course meal, can heal many a hurt.
- Beware of strangers offering slick solutions...it's great to say hello but even better to know when to keep walking. If it sounds too good to be true...it is.
- I don't care how much money you throw at a situation, it is not going to correct the real problem.
- In the end, it is only when we all come together we can get to the root of the problem, and eventually, the solution.
- In this coming together, harmony will ensue for the greater good.
So there it is...tonight's life lessons thanks to the wonderful Dr. Seuss. And if you're so inclined, enjoy the cartoon ~ it's wonderful!