Reflections | 10.02.2021
Oh, the places you’ll go
There is a journey waiting, one that is both wondrous and difficult.
I hope, as I’m sure all parents do, that my child will mostly see the wonder and try to have faith that she’ll manage the difficulties without too many scrapes.
There has never been a children’s author quite like Dr. Seuss. It’s hard to imagine growing up in a world without cats in hats and Whos from Whoville, without amazing imaginative worlds and life lessons from a Lorax. His unforgettable characters, colorful illustrations, and playful rhymes have enchanted readers of all ages for decades. I was certainly one of the enchanted and I’m certain my daughter will be as well. In fact, I’m watching her sleep as I write this and imagining all the places she’ll one day go.
There’s a special sort of magic in great children’s books — a kind of universal charm that first engages us then continues to resonate in ways both unexpected and profound. These seemingly simple books that so fascinate young and curious minds are, for many of us, the first real window into the wonder and possibility of the world that awaits us. It can be easy to lose sight of the marvels and potential that greet us every day, to forget that in every challenge there is also opportunity. Children’s literature, at its best, is a guide. A reminder that there is a world waiting for us, one of complications and setbacks to be certain, but, more importantly, one of wide-open possibilities and wondrous places.
“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!”