Thank you, Dr. Seuss. Thank you for your open heart and kindness, your greatness of spirit and courage, and the simple, deep power of your words.
Today on this day of the anniversary of your birth, I honor you, Theodore Seuss Geisel, you who are a local hero here in San Diego. Today I thank you for teaching me that many things that you have: a love of wordplay and onomatopoeia; a knowledge that everyone is special, star-bellied or not; that a person is a person no matter how small, and how when we learn that we have to help the world to understand that so no one is overlooked or unloved or treated unfairly; that the trees have a voice and a life and need someone to speak for them because they cannot; that everyone matters. Thank you, I am a better person for having absorbed your words. Many of us are.
It wasn’t just children’s books you created. You did a lot of work as a political cartoonist, at a time when the world was in a bad place, around World War 2. You spoke out against isolationism, encouraged us to help our allies and fight against growing evil that we saw in the world.
We’re in bad shape now, Dr. Seuss. We’ve been in a war so long that there are grownups now that have never known a time of peace. It’s not like it’s a just war either; it’s war to cement our financial interests and our desire for control. It’s not protecting anyone at this point.
We have someone who wants to be President who scares us. A lot of people say he’s like Hitler. I mean, they’ve said that about every leader since Hitler, but this guy is a special case. He feeds peoples’ rage and meanness of spirit, their hatred and discrimination, and pumps them into a frenzy. He wants to build walls around us, Mr. Geisel. To isolate us and cut us off from our neighbors.
Right now we could really use a dose of your guidance, your greatness of spirit, your kindness, your compassion, and your courage. If there’s anything you can do from wherever you are, Mr. Geisel, please reach out and help us. We need you right now, so badly. We need someone to remind us that we aren’t the most important thing in the world, that everyone deserves to be taken care of, that there needs to be voices to speak for those who can’t, and that a person’s a person, no matter how (fill in the blank). Wherever you are, honored Ancestor, if there’s a way you can help us please do, because we’re really afraid and we need you now more than ever.
Thank you, Dr. Seuss, thank you Theodore Seuss Geisel. You’ve given us wisdom and wonder and beauty and joy. Thank you for your good gifts to us. On this day you are remembered, and what is remembered lives, and may your name and work never be forgotten.