We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday around here, wearing red and white, sharing book recommendations, acting goofy! Before becoming a literacy coach, I taught middle school. We celebrated this day with a Socratic seminar on The Sneetches. Not exactly a light-hearted topic! That said, I was far more comfortable in that realm than in the one I found myself today. It reminded me a tad of The Places You’ll Go!
A red-clad line of kindergartners made their way to lunch, and I said to a couple of stragglers, “Happy Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!”
The first became very serious, eyes wide and replied, “Dr. Seuss is dead today.”
Huh. How do you respond to that? Not quite sure, I simply said, “True, but we still celebrate his birthday!”
She proceeded to tell me about how her grandmother became ill in her lungs, and she’s dead too. Oh boy. The final girl in line quickly chimed in as they entered the lunch line, “Don’t worry, she’ll be back soon!”
Hoping the lunch line would be enough of a distraction, I quickly ducked out. I could see Girl #1 shaking her head, matter-of-factly.
Thank you, universe, for reminding me that I might feel a little more at ease in these early grades, but I definitely have a ways to go!
“And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.” -Dr. Seuss