Happy Birthday to Theodor Geisel, whom you may know better as Dr. Seuss! Who among us didn’t grow up on his books? You know what I mean…being read Ham & Eggs and The Cat in the Hat as a bedtime story, watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas every December, reading The Lorax as an introduction to environmentalism, getting Oh the Places You’ll Go! for a high school graduation gift…the guy had quite the monopoly going.

Dr. Seuss’s warm-hearted, wonderfully weird children’s books, populated by their cast of furred and feathered humanoid creatures, were as entertaining to kids as they were instructive to adults. Above all else, his work encouraged kids and adults alike to take moments out of their day for things that were purely joyful, serving no purpose more important than relaxation and time spent together. It’s not a bad message, and in honor of Dr. Seuss, sit down today to take a little time for your own enjoyment! After all–it’s doctor’s orders.

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what /I/ do!
–Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

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