Thought of the Week

“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.” ― Dr. Seuss
Today is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 and died in 1991, but he lives on in the hearts of many throughout the world and in many languages. go to for more information about his life. Although he had no children of his own, his non-sensical, self-illustrated children’s books continue to entertain both children and adults. They brought laughter and were great for teaching rhyming words. numbers, colors (“One Fish, Two Fish”), and expressing feelings (“Green Eggs and Ham”). As a Pre-K/Kindergarten teacher in California, every year we would celebrate this day. At one of the schools I worked, we would serve green scrambled eggs (dyed with green food coloring) and ham, and the principal would get dressed up as “Cat in the Hat” and read the story to our class. Then we would walk a couple of blocks to an assisted-living facility where the seniors would read a Dr. Seuss book to divided small groups of children. Afterwards, they would serve them fruit and drink. What a fun learning experience that included reading, exercise, and socialization skills.

My own children grew up with a set of Dr. Seuss’ books as well. They brought fascination, fantasy, and enjoyment even to us parents as we not only read the books, but also watched the movies such as “How the Grinch who Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who!”.

I saved the quote above because it reminded me that laughing at life’s realities is good medicine. In Panama as an expat, there can be many challenges from learning the language to where to find simple things. The life reality here is to look at it as an adventure with laughter. It has been said that laughter is good for the soul. I would rather try to find something to laugh about than focus on past problems. It’s great for producing endorphins, or as Dr. Seuss said, “it wakes up the brain cells”. (The teacher in me was always fascinated about brain development.)

So today I say “¡Feliz Cumpleaños Dr. Seuss! Gracias por muchos años de la risa y el entretenimiento que usted.” (Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Thank you for many years of laughter and entertainment.)


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