I was going to make this the quote of the day, but thought I would talk a little about it as it relates to me and maybe even some of you.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.”
~~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.”
Oh how true this statement is. As has already been established I love to read.
Growing up Dr. Seuss was one of my favorites — Green Eggs and Ham, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who just to name a few. I remember going around saying, ” I do not like green eggs and ham.” Not really knowing that there was no such thing — well now there is, but I’m sure even if it existed then, I still wouldn’t like it “Sam I am”. I do in fact credit Dr. Seuss with my ability to try new and different foods.
Other than the whimsical way in which Dr. Seuss told his stories and his rich and colorful characters, I have to say that his books were very instrumental in developing my imagination. Albeit a little wild and wacky at times.
Clifford the Big Red Dog was another favorite of mine and I thought that if Emily Elizabeth could have a big red dog in her backyard, I could certainly have a horse in mine, but alas my parents didn’t think it was such a good idea.
“Where would it run and get exercise?” my mom asked.
“In the backyard” was my reply.
“No, I don’t think we have enough room in the backyard for a horse to run around.”
“But we do!” (Insert temper tantrum)
Needless to say, I didn’t get a horse but I did get a dog. They’re really not the same — horses and dogs. You just can’t hop on the back of a poodle/terrier mix and say “giddy up little doggy”. That’ll get you in a heap of trouble and I don’t mean with the dog.
Oh my gosh, I just remembered the impression National Geographic and Highlights had on me. National Geographic took me around the world even if I didn’t understand the article. The pictures alone said it all. And Highlights the puzzles and the science experiments you could do at home with your parents. The baking soda and vinegar experiment was the bomb! 🙂
I discovered through reading that my street, my neighborhood was like Judy Blume’s Iggy’s House and the same thing that Winnie and The Garber family experienced, I experienced and wondered why. I didn’t see a difference between my neighbor Kelly and me. We were two girls (cute as buttons, if I might say so myself), smart, independent, curious, etc., but most importantly we didn’t care about each others skin color. But for whatever reason others did and didn’t want us to play together.
I learned to celebrate people’s differences through readings such as Iggy’s House, Charlotte’s Web, Blubber, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Winnie the Pooh, Highlights, National Geographic and many others.
I also learned that where I could go was limitless. It was only limited to by me not reading, my imagination, and my unwillingness to learn.