A Million Words for Dr. Seuss

As I sit here staring at a blank screen, I wonder how I could possibly write a post that could really celebrate Dr. Seuss.

I suppose I could embrace the daughter-of-a-teacher side of me and speak on reading and education. Or embrace the political cartoonist beginnings of Seuss and speak as the daughter of a political journalist. Can I tell the story of a mom who has watched the transformative power reading in her teenager? Would I even do the story justice?

The truth is, there’s not a lot I can add to the thousands of articles, stories, and studies that show the transformative power of reading. So I am going embrace all my thoughts on reading, in my best attempt to celebrate Theodor Seuss Geisel … rhymes  

But first, a small shout out. Recently my oldest was celebrated at her school library for reading more than a million words so far this school year. This Dr. Seuss inspired poem is for her.

A Million Words

One girl, two girls. Big book, small book. 
A million tales in every cranny and nook. 
Imagination, adventure, wisdom, and fun. 
A million characters to find under the sun. 

A teacher, mom’s writing is perfectly neat. 
A million lessons she taught with every worksheet. 
Daddy wrote about politics, logging, and time. 
A million stories to share, cut short of their prime. 

On the couch, on the swing, in the bed with her sister,
A million anecdotes she always takes with her.
She’ll read about crooks, heroes, compassion, and pride. 
A million nuggets of wisdom books provide.

For a toddler, the stories keeps boredom at bay, 
A million possibilities in every book and every day.
Little hands stack up all the books they can get, 
A million books she can’t read … just yet. 

Read in a whisper or read really loud.
Change your voice. Act it out. Don’t be too proud. 
Read a book, be inspired to travel or sing. 
Who knows the adventure a million words can bring.

Whitney is a born and raised Louisianian. Her passions lie in playground sports, keeping a messy home (much to the dismay of the husband), drinking lots of caffeine, dancing in the kitchen, getting (well trying to get) her booty in shape, and making people smile. She devotes her time to three things that fall very close to her heart: her little family, her weenie pup, and the urge to never stop creating. She married to a gentlemen that is her opposite. He though a pilot, is firmly grounded while she spends most of her time with her head in the clouds. She is a step-mom and mom of two girls, and finds motherhood is a bizarre dichotomy of grace and chaos. As a family they make life work with amazingly creative grilled cheese sandwiches, streamers, Steen's Syrup, and maybe a bubble bath. Each day she chases paper rainbows and lives the southern narrative.


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