Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday Update #4

Until September 10th the lovely and amazing Abby Flowers is holding a blog-fest called Kurious-Kids, and there are some fun prizes involved! Like so many of us, Abby was introduced to the power of poetry through Shell Silverstein. I'm a big a fan myself, and I would love to win "The Light in the Attic" for my kids.

One of many great things about being a mom is that I get to share all the books, games, and toys that I loved as a child with my children. Before my son was born my husband and I went to a local book store and bought every single Dr. Seuss book they had.

I love Seuss for so many reasons, but mostly I love him becasue they were the only books my father would read to me.

My dad is master of voice inflection, he memorized major poems like "The Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner" and he would practice his recitals on us. I still remember being six or seven and feeling chills as repeated the line "Water, water, everywhere and not a drop to drink."

Anyway, my dad would get so into Dr. Seuss, that for a long time I thought he was the author. He would go around saying the lines from the books every time we asked him questions and he holds the same type of humor Seuss does.

I'm not sure when I figured out that my dad wasn't Dr. Seuss, but I remember thinking that they had to at least be friends.

My favorite Seuss book, the one that I love to read to my kids is "Oh the Places You'll Go!"

The message is poignant and powerful, especially as writers. There have been so many times when I feel like I've ended up in 'a slump' and come down from that slump with unpleasant bump.

I love that the story doesn't end there, that life takes us through so many paths (and all too often to the waiting place) but in the end, the hard work is worth it.

"And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! 98 & 3/4% guaranteed. Kid, you'll move mountains!"

That's what I want my children to know more than anything, that with hard work, any mountain can be moved.

What is your favorite children's book?

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