Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Happy National Read Across America Day! 

Of course, on National Read Across America Day, I fulfilled my March Quest and spent some time reading my book.  I'm happy to report, our Engineer started his massive 1200+ page book today too!

This day is even more special because it is the day we celebrate the birth of an amazing American author.  Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!!

We are huge Dr. Seuss fans in this house, and in celebration of his birthday today, I thought about trying to write a Seuss inspired word rhyming post.  Of course, I quickly realized I could never come up with anything that would be even remotely worthy of honoring such an incredible author. 

Instead, I'll share some of our family favorite Dr. Seuss Delights:
Hubby, our Engineer, and our Nurse all choose Green Eggs and Ham as their favorite.  Not only is it a classic Dr. Seuss book, but it has inspired children across America to actually eat green eggs and ham!

My pick (HANDS DOWN!) is And to Think That I Saw it on MULBERRY STREET.  I have always loved this little guy's exciting trip home!  Truthfully, I wanted to read this one way more than the boys wanted me to read it to them!  Makes me smile. 

When I asked our Scientist which book was his favorite, he answered quickly, "THE CAT IN THE HAT, of course!"

His reply immediately brought back great memories of this momma snuggled up on the sofa with my two little guys.  Sweet little giggles erupted while I read these classics to them.

And many times two little voices would "read" right along with me as they soon memorized these delightful stories.

Here's a few more of our family favorites:

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

                         Fox In Socks

Ten Apples Up On Top!

                        HOP ON POP


                        Oh, The Places You'll Go!


        There's a WOCKET in my POCKET!

One fish
two fish
red fish
blue fish

     And the Christmas Classic:

Do these books bring back wonderful memories for you too?
As I read each title and look at the cover of each book, a crazy line from the book immediately comes back to me! I read them so many times, I can still remember many of the ridiculously ingenious rhyming lines that made up these giggle-out-loud stories.
And at least one Dr. Seuss book inspired a great family story of our own.
Once when the boys were around the ages of 10 and 6, we got up early on a Saturday morning to enjoy a fifth grade basketball game.  Our Scientist was playing, and as usual, we were in a rush to get out the door in time.
It was an away game and it took us a while to get there.  When we finally arrived (with plenty of time until the start of the game, I'm sure) I looked down as I was stepping out of the car to discover I was wearing one brown shoe and one blue shoe!
Of course, I was mortified, but there was nothing I could do about this major fashion faux pas as we were many miles from home and had no time to spare getting inside the gym.  I sat in the bleachers in total embarrassment the entire game, glancing down at my feet every few minutes in utter disbelief that I had actually left the house like that.
My sweet guys (all three of them) thought it was hilarious. 
After the game, they had a grand time singing "One shoe, two shoe, brown shoe, blue shoe" in  Dr. Seussian style all the way home.
Of course this "fun" family memory is easily brought up with just the words: brown shoe.

And wouldn't you know it?  When I sent our Scientist a text today asking him to name his favorite Dr. Seuss book, he quickly sent his answer, but then a few seconds later came this text: "One shoe, two shoe, brown shoe, blue shoe" - with a smiley face attached.
At least we can all laugh about it now... 
And trust me, I don't buy the same shoe in brown and blue anymore!

 Dr. Seuss!
And thank you, so very much for bringing such joy-filled giggles into our world!

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