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Monday, March 2, 2009

Thanks, Mr. Geisel--UPDATED

(***THIS JUST IN... Belle came home yesterday with the news that she won the 'craziest hat prize' for her k-5 class. She was ecstatic. Her actual prize was a free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery. (She is holding up the coupon in the picture below.) And yes, next to her is the Cat. I must say I am so proud of her for remaining calm and collected... much more than her Mommy would have been able to do in the same circumstance. I. Do. Not. Like. Costumed. People.)

I also threw in a picture of her class's 'crazy' pose. Please note my child's face.


In celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, Shiloh made today 'crazy hat day' for the kids. Belle was so excited this morning to go to school with our handmade creation. (ie Ribbons and a plastic Tinkerbell doll tied onto one of E Dru's hats. Absolute creative brilliance.) She also took a Dr. Seuss book with her to school--her favorite, There's a Wocket in my Pocket. We have a few others in our book collection, but my poor kids are suffering from my Dr. Seuss illustrations phobia. I love the words, but those darn characters are just spooky. I distinctly remember being in kindergarten and not wanting to look at the pages of the book while our librarian read Cat in the Hat. That cat and those kids and that fish that never stayed in the bowl and the thing people... little too much for a kindergartner. To this day when my girls pull out those books to read, I still cringe a little. I mean, come on.... If this big scary cat came walking in the front door while your parents were gone, you'd never recover from the trauma. I mean, are those toes or hair or what? Oooo. Shiver.

Anyway, here is a picture of Belle before she left for school this morning. (And yes, I made SURE today was crazy hat day. Can't afford to repeat this.)

And this is my shout out to Mr. Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. His illustrations may still freak me out a bit, but he is such an interesting, insightful man to read about. He had lots of very wise things to say, but I love this one.... His final line in Oh, the Places You'll Go, his final book, reads, "You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!" What an awesome challenge to leave for generations of kids who still adore his work... my kids included.


Robyn said...

What a great idea! On the night before my high school graduation, my mom read "Oh, the places you'll go" to me before I went to bed. Dr. Suess was always a favorite in our home.

Nel said...

Dr. Suess was always one of Janice's favorites. In fact, I gave her a Dr. Suess book for her high school graduation...Oh the places you'll go! It just seemed fitting. She still has all of them.