Thursday, July 31, 2008

Deep in the Grickle Grass

The world's people can be divided into two different categories: Those who love Dr. Seuss and those who don't.

Neither is good nor bad over the other - it's just a simple state of being. My mother loves the vibrant and colorful made-up people, places and things in the world of Dr. Seuss. Her mother waved it off as a waste of time to fill children's heads with such nonsense.

Like my mother, I believe a little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.

A while back, I bought Incrediboy an anthology of ten or so Dr. Seuss stories for bedtime. To my delight, he takes after Mom and me. To my greater delight, his favorite story is also mine ... The Lorax. I made my Mom read The Lorax a scrillion times, and lucky for me she loved me more than she was sick of The Lorax ... Most of the time she indulged me. One of countless reasons my Mom rules.

Upon getting this new copy of my favorite Seuss book, I fell in love with it all over again. Not only is it a great story about responsibility and repercussions, but the descriptions are priceless. Words and beings not existing before the publication of this book seem so natural, so real. So perfect. As if they had always been.

Do you not get an immediate mental image of the look and feel of Grickle Grass? Can't you just imagine what the soothing song of the Swomee Swans must sound like? And the heavenly sound of the Humming Fish's hum? And what I wouldn't give to watch brown Bar-ba-loots playing. Cute. But most of all, I can smell the trees, which as any Lorax fan knows, have the sweet smell of fresh butterfly milk.

*breathing deeply*

Now I ask you - What's better than that?

The fact that I couldn't begin to tell you exactly what miff muffered moof is, is inconsequential really. It all makes perfect sense to me, and apparently to Incrediboy as well - as he has never asked me exactly what miff muffered moof is (thank God). Even after the scrillionth time of reading it, I don't even have to look at the words anymore - I know the whole story ver batum, and that's fine with me.

It's an awesome world, the world of nonsense.


Coffeypot said...

What's better than that? Sex! Beer! Porn! Revenge!

clew said...

LOL Coffeeypot ... WHAT? Have you been SMOKING grickle grass? :):):)

Nerdy said...

I LOVE Dr. Seuss!! My nephews and I have a game where we try to read really fast the tounge twisters. :)

chesneygirl said...

Dr Seuss Rules! End of story.

My dad used to read me a book every single night when I was a little girl. And guess what alot of them were.... :)

And a couple years ago, my dad joined this Dr. Seuss book club thingy and he gets a new book every month... guess what chesneybaby gets every Xmas, Valentines day, Easter, birthday, and halloween? Dr Suess books!
Chesneybaby loves them!

And now I understand why my dad loved to read to me every night! :)

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish! :P

Anonymous said...

I like Dr. Seuss and I meant what I said and I said what I meant. :)

Lori said...

I love Seuss.
My fav? Fox in Socks!

Rebecca said...

I couldn't imagine a life without Dr Seuss!! He's part of what inspires imagination! Green Eggs and Ham is what made me want to cook at such a young age..LOL. Little did I know that truly green eggs STINK!