Going Places (contd.)

dr seuss book cover

So here it is, the other half of the Seuss book, “Oh the places you’ll go!” Enjoy…

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a sting of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. there are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
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.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!


Going Places


Someone shared the words of Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, the places you’ll go!” with me recently (thanks, Hopeful!). It was very a propos, not only because of the season my husband and I suddenly find ourselves in, but also because our oldest child, Demi, is off to university in 2 weeks. We are so proud of him! Naturally, there is a measure of trepidation at sending one’s baby into the “big, bad world,” even though we knew this day was coming. I guess there’s no book, manual or story that adequately prepares you for this.

The poem’s quite long, so I’ll share it in piecemeal. If you find the words applying to you too, then enjoy them like I did. Thanks, Dr. Seuss!


Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’ t
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to say so
but, sadly, it’s true
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked.
A place you could sprain both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

(to be continued…)

All is well!

The Well

I’ve (once again) had a good reason for my lengthy silence. Sunday May 31st was the last service of our church, The Well. For a bit more info on this, click here to read my husband’s blog.

As you can imagine, it was a tough week, breaking the news to our Leadership Team, our kids, and the church. It was not a decision lightly reached, but it was one bathed in prayer and accompanied by a deep sense of peace. We have since talked to friends who expressed concern about our emotional well-being. For all of you who love us in this way, rest assured we are doing wonderfully. We are completely at peace and have no sense of failure. Even though we never thought that when we came to plant The Well, it would only be for 3 years, God knew and we are glad He didn’t share that tidbit of information with us, otherwise no way would we have done it! We’d have found every excuse – and Scripture! – in the book to support our opposition! As it is, we are pained because it feels like having to make the decision to take your child off life-support, but we are grateful for the lives, including ours, that have been irrevocably changed for the better.

We left a church that was healthy, growing, loving, relevant and connected in the community and we know that our people will go out wherever God leads, and continue to live out the abundance that He has deposited in each. As for me and my family, we are patiently waiting for our next marching orders from our Commander-in-Chief. As my former pastor’s wife reminded me, the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. All those elements are present and at work in our family at this time. We are truly thankful for the love and grace of God and some amazing Thompson kids!

It is well…oh yeah, pun absolutely intended! 🙂