They sure know how to say “Happy Birthday to You!” (Book by Dr Suess)
You may question what Dr. Seuss has to do with Family Table Tuesdays, unless you have really paid close attention to the works of the icon of children’s literature. Although I was not raised on the wonderful works of Theodore Geisel, he is now and will forever be my hero. So, on March 2, I hope you will celebrate the birth of a most miraculous man at your family table. Here are a few ways you might consider:
- You might try out a recipe or two inspired by his books. For even more fun, have a scavenger hunt through all the Seuss books you have to see how many different foods are mentioned.
- Pick one book and see how many words you can find that are not in the dictionary. I suggest A Wocket in My Pocket. Just remember, Dr. Seuss was the first to use the word “nerd”, and now it is in the dictionary. What word might your own children coin for future dictionaries?
- Dr. Seuss seemed to be fond of using eggs and fish in his stories; they were definitely easier to rhyme than oranges or apples. You might honor his day with a meal centered around these two foods that appear so often in his stories.
- Have each member of your family bring their favorite Dr. Seuss or Theo LeSieg (same author, different illustrators) to dinner and share them before or after your meal.
- Use a Seuss book as a discussion starter. You can find some interesting stories about 10 of his books at mental floss.com. Although they are always amusing, many of Dr. Seuss’ books have serious messages or explain the absurdity of social and political happenings in a way that children can understand. There are many history lessons to be shared by starting with a Seuss story; sadly, history has repeated itself more than once since they were written.
- Dr. Seuss is often quoted: “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 a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” Challenge the kids to tell a story about what they saw through the wrong end of a telescope. Like Mulberry Street, the more fantastical the story is, the better.
- Seuss stories are all about the rhyming. Have a contest to see who can talk in rhyme the longest at the dinner table. Be prepared to laugh long and hard if you have little ones; they only care about the rhyme, not whether it is a word or sensible. Obviously, neither did Dr. Seuss!
Whatever you do on March 2, find a way to put a little joy in it to honor my hero, Dr. Seuss. If you don’t happen to be one of his fans, I won’t hold it against you, but I may judge your taste harshly! Feel free to share; I love to read your comments.