Per Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss), “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells. And it helps develop a sense of humour, which is awfully important in this day and age. Humour has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.” (https://www.writerswrite.co.za/literary-birthday-2-march-dr-seuss/)
Those are thoughtful words that resonate with me. As a brand new reader in my early education, his book about Bartholomew put me in stiches.
It was the early 50s. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins had been published in 1938. The book gave me a delight in reading that has never left me. Per the Washington Post in 1979, one day Theodore Geisel was on a train. “…while he was sitting behind a businessman wearing a hat; the passenger was so stiff and formal that Geisel idly wondered what would happen if he took the man’s hat and threw it out the window.” Then, from Seuss’ fertile imagination, came the words and pictures that have immersed me in the nonsensical, Seussical world, that, I still love.
Though we lost you a quarter century ago you are still putting a smile on our faces Doc.