Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss said, "Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened."
So that's what I vow to do on this, his birthday, March 2nd.
I know his writing well, but haven't previously studied his personal life.
And, not knowing Seuss fun facts was beginning to cause me mental strife.

I was recently nearby but unaware La Jolla was once his home base.
Seeing where he stored his thinking caps would've put a smile on my face.
Learning he participated in a Prohibition party made me giggle and grin.
As a result, he was kicked off the school paper and thus birthed his pseudonym.

Would you imagine a different college experience for a brewmaster's son?
Did you know he wrote a book using only 50 words on a bet for fun?
One of his works contains the first recorded instance of one beloved word: nerd.
Yertle mimicked Hitler, but the burp bothered the publishers more, I heard.

Like another favorite of mine, Homer Simpson, Dr. Seuss was from Springfield.
Perhaps it was this Seuss Simpson city kinship which made Homer cooler than Garfield.
Who wouldn't want to have something in common with the great Theodor S. Geisel?
I hope and dream that my rhymes will some day spread like his did; go viral.

So... Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  I hope you can see all the smiles you left behind.
You've inspired many dreams for me.  Endless rhyme subjects I seem to find.
I promise to do my best to make sure your stories live on forever and ever.
If you could possibly talk to me in my dreams, I'd be open to that whenever.

© Rachel Hoyt 2011

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  1. Thanks Rachel, this 'piece' was a fun journey for me not being brought up with Dr. Seus.
    I was born in Mexico and my elementary education was influenced by the Catholic Parochial system that didn't have time for this in their curriculum. One of nine siblings with a single parent, also, didn't provide an opportunity to take pleasure in Mr. Theodor Seus Geisel's ingenuity. Thanks for this great piece and all the fun and helpful references ie, Dr Seus fun facts, commonalities with Theodor Geisel. Thanks!

  2. When I'm stuck in the middle
    of rhyme and riddle
    I shall seek you out
    because I doubt
    that I could ever be as good
    as Dr Seuss or you
    that makes me feel good.

    cheers A

  3. Love it Rachel!

  4. “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”~Dr. Seuss

  5. Informative post of Dr.Seuss! I like the idea of he writing a book with only 50 words...and this line is a sort of motivation for me "I hope and dream that my rhymes will some day spread like his did; go viral"...let me think :? and hope so...

  6. @nene - I'm glad I could teach you a bit about my mentor! I still think you could read his books as an adult and not bore. We definitely grew up in different worlds... so true. I'm glad to learn a bit of your world while telling mine to you. :)

    @Doug - I know, right?!? I want to taste some Seussbrau. Why hasn't anyone made it yet??? :)

    @Alejandro - Awwwwwwww, such a sweet rhyme! Thank you a million times! :)

    @Michelle - Good to see you lady! Where you been? How you be? :)

  7. @Pam - Hehehehe. I love that quote! Might have to start carrying a bat!!! Plastic, of course. :)

    @Iwrite4u - Yeah, I'm feeling a self challenge to write something with limited word count in honor of Dr. Seuss. :) I'm glad my line about "going viral" is inspiring to you! It is my hope every day. :)

  8. Happy Birthday Dr.Suess!

    I enjoyed your poem and your tribute to such a remarkable man. You have done him justice:)

  9. LOLOL I thought I was following you already... apparently not ..ooops...I am nowwwww As always...XOXOXOXO

  10. You pulled this off!
    Well done!
    I'm your big fan now...
    Little did I know that Dr. Suess is
    your idol somehow... Cheers!

  11. HA! I totally wrote about this too!

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  13. "Perhaps it was this Seuss Simpson city kinship which made Homer cooler than Garfield."

    Tried to say this ten times fast just for fun.
    Now I have 15 stitches in the tip of my tongue.

    (The former comment had an inexcusable amount of typos.)

  14. How interesting! I didn't know that information. It's been a long time since I've read his books, well, back when my children were small:)
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Fun fun post. I also posted on Dr Seuss's birthday - so glad to find yours as well!!

  16. I'm glad you all enjoyed the poem! Dr. Seuss deserves the praise!

    @Bryan - hope your tongue is ok! Perhaps I should post a warning?! LOL

  17. i like to rhyme but i've no thyme .. yipee it works ;)

  18. I'm glad the comments quirk stopped being a jerk. Who knew thyme could improve my rhyme! I'll have to eat more of it... in due time. :)

  19. To learn a thing or 2 about my favourite author is a beautiful thing...thank you!

  20. @KD - I'm glad you enjoyed it! He's such an interesting man. :)


Rhyming or not, I would like a lot to hear the thoughts my words brought...