Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thankful Thursdays

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch

I realize that we haven't even celebrated Halloween nor Thanksgiving, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to mention one of my favorite children's Christmas stories. However, it's not Christmas that I want to celebrate today, it's the amazing mind of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to most of us as Dr. Seuss.

Born in 1904 as the grandson of German immigrants, Theodor Seuss Geisel began writing while at Dartmouth College during the Prohibition movement. While at Dartmouth, he was caught drinking gin with some friends, violating the national Prohibition laws of the time. As a result, the dean insisted that he resign from all extracurricular activities. However, he wanted to continue his work with the Darmouth Jack-O-Lantern, so he used the pen name "Seuss". His first work as "Dr. Seuss" appeared after he graduation.

After Dartmouth, he attended Lincoln College and began submitting humorous articles and illustrations to numerous magazines. To support him and his wife through the Great Depression, he drew advertisements for General Electric, NBC and Standard Oil. He didn't write his first childrens book until 1937. He passed away in 1991, with more than 60 childrens books in print.

My children love Dr. Seuss! His books bring a child's imagination to life. Some of our favorites are:

However, I must admit that it is not Dr. Seuss' books that I like the best, it is some of his quotes. Here are a few of my personal favorites.

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."

"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."

My favorite quote and the one I often repeat to my sons.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

1 comment:

  1. Those are some great quotes. I have heard them before, but didn't know they were Dr. Suess quotes. Thanks for sharing and love the Thankful Thursdays feature.