Friday, October 06, 2006

Continuing the theme

I need to read more children's books. They present such amazing truths and life lessons and yet I wonder if I ever truly got them as a kid. Now as an adult (cough, cough) I think I overlook the depth hidden in the simplicty. So for your Friday reading pleasure I present a child-like poem with adult gut busting truth.


Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

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.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

10 Comments:

Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

Pretty smart guy, for a Doctor.

So, where you headed?

10/06/2006 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Seuss has a really really good book out..ok first off, you need to stop and go check out his website...not that its my homepage or anything.

So...onto my story. I bought this Dr. Seuss book for my bro cause well...he's moody and it made him smile and I think all adults need to read it when they get down.

DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE?

It really puts your problems in perspective, kinda like when you stop to think how trivial most things are in God's eyes.
~C

10/06/2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

This book has bad memories for me.

10/06/2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm with Ben, the book has some bad memories. Mostly just one: when I graduated high school, our new school principle of eight months (a dodgy lady who apparently had a PhD in reading - HER words) decided that instead of putting together some sort of short speech to tell us all congratulations she was going to read us that book in its entirety. Not an excerpt, not a few quotes, but the ... whole ... thing. It was half an hour of torture on a hot June day when we all had far better things to go do, as if none of us had the mental capacity (since of course, we were all graduating from VICTOR) to absorb anything else.

*sigh*

10/06/2006 7:35 PM  
Blogger Shelley said...

You'd probably enjoy the Children's Lit class I'm taking this year...I'm not. Not because of the books it is dealing with...it just doesn't appeal to me.

To be honest though, we've gone through a few of the Chronicles of Narnia (which I did enjoy) and some of the fairy tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White in their original forms (no, they aren't all like the Disney cartoons). It is interesting, but I am just not into it...

10/06/2006 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Jayleigh said...

Oh Katie! That was excellent! I wonder how on earth I never read this before? It's fantastic!

I love how encouraging and realistic it is! Thanks for sharing!

10/07/2006 9:25 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Sometimes I woder if children's books are written for the sake of us grown-ups?

10/09/2006 9:08 AM  
Blogger Bobby said...

I think there are a lot of things in a good children's book that are beneficial to grown-ups.

Signed,
Sam I Am, Green Eggs and Ham

10/09/2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger Eddo said...

"You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch"

This is the way I felt when I up and moved to Plano. I felt like everyone else's lives were moving along and I was left in a lurch.

But I still have places to go and people to see,
perhaps in China or New York City. I've got friends to make and some maybe to lose,
but what I know right now is that I don't have to choose.
I can be confident in knowing, I'm on the right track.
It might be gray and it might be black, but I'm on it and moving and nothing's slowing me down - I'm right where I need to be, no need to search lost and found.

10/09/2006 2:05 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Dr. Seuss... one of my personal favorites...

now, you've got to look into Demi (try One Grain of Rice...

10/16/2006 2:37 PM  

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