Signature of Dr. Seuss

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A common job-interview question asks, “If you could have lunch with anyone from history, who would it be?” So many possibilities! Abraham Lincoln. Hellen Keller. Moses. But my top choice is a toss-up between Amelia Earhart and Dr. Seuss.

Theodor Seuss Geisel was a cartoonist and writer famous for children’s books infused with upbeat wisdom disguised as catchy rhymes. My personal childhood favorite was Green Eggs and Ham. Now, as an adult, I still love it.

With the latest Dr. Seuss book-turned-movie, The Lorax, joining The Grinch and Horton Hears a Who, I can actually appreciate and marvel at the man’s writing genius. If I could have lunch with him, I’d pick his brain on how to put things so simply and plain.

I’d also be curious to see whether he was as adventurous and humorous as his characters are or whether they were some part of him that could only be set loose on paper. Either way, I think I’d order green eggs and ham, and thank him for shaping the me that I am.

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

“From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Everyone needs a sense of value and possibility, the very essence of hope. The man has great messages for children and adults—maybe more for the adults!