Going Places

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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!

Congratulations!
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.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!

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…)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ash
    Jun 10, 2009 @ 01:10:18

    shall i say that mr. suess was brilliant? …oh the things you learn reading in turn….

    Reply

  2. solathompson
    Jun 10, 2009 @ 01:14:10

    I’m saying’! 😉

    Reply

  3. ash
    Jun 10, 2009 @ 02:45:55

    ha ha…yis, and i concur

    Reply

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