“Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”

Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote these words about what he thought of writing for adults.
What did he think we adults were missing that children are not missing?
How about the nonsensical/sensical beauty and wisdom of this?

“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles – they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.”

We’ve always thought Dr. Seuss’ work was just as full of joy and wisdom for grown-ups as for kids. We’ve never outgrown him. Nor the other tales of our childhood. When he spoke derisively of adults in the quote above, we think he was thinking of a certain kind of adult, one who would never understand – or perhaps no one had mirrored for them lovingly in their childhood this simple truth:  “A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!  We are grateful for your wisdom and guidance and love of childhood and its smallest, wisest inhabitants, in whose number we remain, at heart.

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