The other night, Jack chose, "Oh the Places You'll Go" as one of his books before bed.
The copy he chose is the one I did my Pinterest-magic to -- it bears notes and signatures from all of the daycare teachers he's had thus far. I'll keep gathering these notes as he grows up. It's sure to be a memorable keepsake and hard core tearjerker for years to come.
Anyway, despite the fact that book is always sort of trendy, have you read it lately? Like, not in the ho hum way that we sometimes zip through books at story time. As in, have you read it and thought about it lately?
I did. And let me tell you. Woah.
It says this:
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 you 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 confusedthat you'll start in to racedown long wiggled roads at a break-necking paceand 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 goor a bus to come, or a plane to goor the mail to come, or the rain to goor the phone to ring, or the snow to snowor waiting around for a Yes or a Noor waiting for their hair to grow.Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to biteor waiting for wind to fly a kiteor waiting around for Friday nightor waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jakeor a pot to boil, or a Better Breakor a sting of pearls, or a pair of pantsor a wig with curls, or Another Chance.Everyone is just waiting.
NO!That's not for you!
It really made me think. And I liked it. A little introspection and reflection for me, courtesy of Dr. Seuss, was much appreciated.
Hope you have some good reflection this weekend.