Seuss & Politics

Politics have been on the brain a little bit from yesterday.  It was amazing to watch the inauguration yesterday with the kids (i twittered through it so you can experience some of it from a toddlers perspective).  While I did not vote for Obama (there, i said it..whew…wait…ya’ll probably already knew that), I never HATED the idea of him as president.  I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for him when from what I gathered he planned to back a bill that would affect abortion laws in a way i deem unfavorable.  It’s a hot-button issue for me.  My heart is pounding even as i type.  But all that to say, yesterday was exciting (I don’t like to look back once things start turning, so might as well be prayerfully optimistic!)…historic.  I’m proud to have been able to watch it with my kids.   I should probably now reveal that i am MASSIVELY ignorant when it comes to politics, so please don’t try to draw out further discussion from me.  I won’t know what you’re talking about.

Seuss has been on the brain because the kids watched the movie, “Horton Hears  a Who” the other night when we had dinner at a friends’ house.  I must be desperate for adult conversations because I managed to not watch it at all even though it was right in my line of vision & I could hear it.  AND they’ve never seen it before.  I usually like to preview new stuff with them…yeah, i’m over protective.  actually, i’m mostly nosy.  I want to know where tid bits that enter their vocabulary & playacting come from (ok, so i’m over protective).  So I’ve secretly been wanting to rent that ever since.  I’ve also never read the book.  Today we went to the library & among the stack we brought home, is “Horton Hears a Who”.

Now I REALLY want to see the movie.  Surely what came across to me as the main message of this book is not what they based the movie around?  I would be shocked if it were.  I don’t know if this if is REALLY the message of the book (remember, i’m not that smart, i just try to put off that air), but the phrase, “a person’s a person, no matter how small” was repeated throughout the book…making it seem blatant.   A Seuss book…about the sanctity of life?   Surely I’m reading into it.  Regardless I darn near sobbed through the book….managed to hide it from the kids by making my voice sound excited and they thankfully never looked up to see the tears running down my cheeks.  Not up for explaining that one yet.

6 thoughts on “Seuss & Politics

  1. I never realized it when I was little but many of Dr. Seuss’ books are about political/social issues. “The Lorax” : taking care of the environment, “Horton Hatches an Egg”: how it’s important to take care of children even when they aren’t related to you by blood. These are the only ones that I can think of now since these are the ones we have been reading constantly lately (I know kids need to read books over and over and over as a part of learning to read, but some of the books are getting really old). I’ve never read “Horton Hears a Who” but now you’ve got me curious. I really need to get a library card now to check more out.

  2. I have heard that this book and movie is pro life. I rented the movie a month ago…turned it on…and then sat there and talked on the phone and then left the room. I don’t think Nathan was paying attention either. I DID want to watch it…but then didn’t make time. It was wierd. A free promo code redbox movie…and I turned it in before I was charged. I’ll try again some other time.

  3. Now, I want to see/read that movie/book! One Seuss book that made me cry (embarrassing isn’t it??? I mean it’s Dr. SEUSS!) is “oh the places you’ll go.” I read it after college when I was in a really tough spot dealing with life and my older cousin and mom read that book to me. I’ve heard that people give that book as graduation gifts, etc. and now I know why. I think it is read more often by adults than kids! It has a great life message. On a side note: I’m so very excited and proud about our new President. I know many people may not be, and I understand that. I’m just really hopeful for our future and I really feel that we (Americans) will move forward with all of our differences and make things better. We will see, but I really feel that there will finally be more unity (not complete unity, but more) than there ever has been in the history of America.

  4. I was completely thinking the same thing . .. and thought no way is this his intent . . . but they do end the movie “Let this be a message to one and to all, a person’s a person no matter how small.” Surely he knew it could be taken this way as it makes a great pro-life case. Cool.

  5. The good Dr., definitely had a social conscience. I’ve always thought “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”, had a great inspirational message. I like to give it as a baby gift. I read it to my kids A LOT.

    Great post!

  6. i forgot about “oh the places you’ll go”. we checked that one out this past summer & i def. remember getting choked up reading it. SEN-SI-TIVE (name that movie).