browsing my instagram i realized that today, school starts for some people. it caught me off guard, it doesn’t seem time yet?! what really caught me off guard though, was seeing kids of my friends going to school. i still don’t really view myself as a mom, in the sense that i can easily still picture myself in school uniform: knee socks, wool plaid skirt (that had to touch the ground when we kneeled, remember?!) and collared shirt that i wore for years throughout middle and high school. it wasn’t that long ago, right? actually, going on 10 years since i last donned that look. yikes.
the excerpt below is from one of my favorites-”the lorax.” it’s a book of such stark contrast, starting off bleak, then going back to the golden days before the darkness, and ending with some light, some hope. this sentence starts off the period of joy, the period of goodness. and i just love the picture it paints. it’s hopeful and beautiful, yet simple. it’s language intended for children to understand, but it still carries so much imagery and emotion in it. i am transported to this bright, happy place when i read this. i feel something when i read this. maybe even a bit of nostalgia, as it reminds me of my own “way back in the days…”
einstein said: “if you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” dr. seuss understood this principle, one reason why i love his work. his words are not mere fluff. but they are simple. and they are true. i’m inspired to just tell the truth, to aspire to genuinely share, whether it’s been told before or not, when i read his words. honesty and simplicity can go a long way. especially when you’re not concerned about being original or standing out or being the first. yet, ironically, when those motivators are not in view, those things usually end up happening. i hardly doubt theodor giesel had aspirations to be the literary legend he is today. i think he just wanted to tell the truth.
whether you are at the beach finishing off summer, starting school, back at work or home with your kids…hope everyone has a truth and joy filled monday! and if you ARE wearing a plaid skirt to school today, don’t sweat it. in fact, enjoy it. it’ll be over before you realize it.