“Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!”
- Opening lines from Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss was a person many kids of then and now will always find a way to remember, somehow. The famed American author was born on March 2, 1904 — 110 years ago as Theodore Seuss Geisel — and he wrote some good lore.
Famous for his rhyming and whimsical tales, Dr. Seuss was a cornerstone to reading, which never fails. We can learn more from Dr. Seuss’ great works than just Thing 1 and Thing 2 because hidden in his texts you’ll find something like a clue.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go tells a story of life and decisions we’ll make and there will be forks in the road or choices at stake. Typical for a graduation gift it tells of great quests, but imagination it sparks — for kids young and old, of ups and downs and oh so curious remarks.
But more importantly it’s reading we need to ignite in the minds of young and old — now that’s quite the sight. Sometimes it’s fun literature that makes us want to read or sometimes it’s fiction or perhaps stories of greed.
Some fancy poetry and some fancy fiction, but once we start reading it’s like an addiction. I know our minds will be engaged as we look through books or newspapers; our learning will be gauged.
Reading Town Canada is here in Moose Jaw starting tomorrow so maybe we can go “Aha” and drown a sorrow. From storytelling and contests, from walks to reads, there is much to discover and good times ahead that everyone needs.
Reading helps with memory and gives knowledge; that, my friends, is something we should acknowledge. It can help with our focus, it can help with concentration, but if believe me you don’t, look up that annotation. Guess what, our writing it improves, too, as the benefits of reading are endless for you.
If you’re ever feeling stressed or can’t find your way, there’s always some literature to pick up today. It can help us relax, it can help us escape; It can transport us away if we let it take shape.
It’s an opportunity to leave an electronic screen of computers and TVs and cellphones, don’t you see what I mean? It’s entertainment we can always have access to and in the case of news, it’s a way to get information through.
No matter who you are, no matter what you like, reading will take you so far, like riding a bike. With so many genres and stories and plots, what we read always tends to echo in our thoughts.
I love to read and I know you should as well because there are countless stories only books can so tell. Read outside if the weather is nice or stay inside and still read a slice. It doesn’t matter how we read, just like it doesn’t matter in what direction it’ll lead. As long as we’re reading everything is good because anything is possible, if you so would.
You’ll not regret it even if a fan of the story you’re not because I promise you that you’ll find your sweet spot. The options don’t end, new stories will come so pick up a book and don’t twiddle your thumb.
There is so much to learn and so much to read because reading, after all, is planting a seed. A seed for the brain and a seed for some fun — so find something to read, just go get it done.
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