Do you remember this Dr. Seuss book? This little slice of “inspiration pie” designed to plant the seed of success in a child’s brain at a very early age seems to have defied time. It’s content is all about how the world is “yours for the taking”, anything is possible – how your dreams should be limitless…

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

In the mid 90’s I was so surprised to find out this book was THE “number one” graduation gift across the country. I know because my daughter received one and two years later my son did also. I imagine the different institution levels (high school vs. college) would determine the different dollar amounts of the enclosed check. OH, don’t think for one moment you can get away with a Dr. Seuss book as a gift to a college graduate with just a hug and a smile!

Even for a young adult going off into the world on their own for the first time – it carries a message of caution…

“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.”

This book resurfaced in my mind after my husband called Saturday and convinced me to gather the boys and meet him for an adventure. We’d taken them to places in the past that quite frankly I thought would have landed us in jail afterwards, but no matter where we go, they always win the hearts of EVERYONE.

As I’ve stated often before, if we stand on any corner we are sure to draw a crowd. But as you continue to read, see if you can “scarcely fathom” where they ended up.

Inside waiting for the elevator, folks stopped and stared in amazement – Harley was loving the attention, Leo…. well the jury is still out in the lobby on that one.

This young spirited lady in her wheelchair spoke no English, yet she and Harley seemed to have no problem relating to one another.

Leo stayed back with me, but Harley had absolutely no problem taking the lead letting everyone know “he was in the house.”

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!”

What “Great Place” did the boys go? NORDSTROMS for some early Christmas shopping!

Thank you Dr. Seuss – the Boys had a blast!

As always, thanks for reading – will blog again on Thursday.


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