Spring cleaning is probably one of my most hated phrases/time of the year. The fact that the dust starts flying everywhere, having to throw out the old objects, and the countless hours spent trying to reorganize everything… its all too much of a hassle. But as I was sorting out my closet, I came across an old, and rather faded cardboard box that was long left forgotten. Inside, to my great surprise, were exactly ten colorful storybooks written by the one and only, Dr. Seuss. As a child, Dr. Seuss was my gateway towards literature. The rhymes and words seemed to fly off the page as I digested book after book. The beauty of it all was that he wrote for simple readers, including simple lessons, and simple words, but did so with beautiful lyricism. For me, a kid who had barely mastered the alphabet, could read and understand his books. But what makes Dr. Seuss’ stories so captivating to me is not the words nor the inventive animals, characters, and humor he creates through them. It is the lessons he weaves throughout each book. In-between the colorful illustrations, the rhymes, and word play, are teachings about saving the environment, being yourself, and falling in love. Because at first glance, everything in Seuss’ world seems a little out of place.
Trees that are soft as silk and smell like butterfly milk?
Eggs and ham that are the color green?
People who are so small that they live on the petals of a flower?
But it’s these absurd things that makes “Cat in the Hat” different from “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”.
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope.
I like nonsense too. In fact, I get most of my ideas from it. Imagination is something that allows us to play and see things from a different perspective and angle.
Because we, as people, often take our ideas too seriously. We believe that they must be perfect before we can do something about them. In reality, its the other way around. Throw in a little nonsense and you’re bound to find your way out.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Creative people make the connections while others don’t. Because if you think about it, life is just a big connect- the- dots game. What can you see that others miss? Show me. I want to see too.