In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I present my favorite Dr. Seuss book of all time:
My parents read Dr. Seuss stories to me all the time when I was a little kid. There were many books that I liked a lot (and most I still have memorized1). But of all the wonderful Dr. Seuss books out there, my favorite is Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? I’ve read this to the Little Man a dozen times or more2 and I never tire of it. It is, in my opinion, Dr. Seuss’s wittiest book and it provides an important message to kids who often think they are the center of the universe.
I was certainly lucky to have parents that valued reading, and who, despite being busy, took the time to read these books to me over and over and over again, always patient and always with care. It is what I try to do with the Little Man, even though sometimes I am tired and just want to go to sleep.
Whenever I get down in the dumps, whenever I get a disappointing rejection slip in the mail, or run into a problem on a software project, or find that I am unable to do something that I really wanted to do, I pout for a minute or two, and then I think about this book, think about it’s message, and remember:
Some people are much more, oh ever so much more, muchly much much more unlucky than you.
It kind of puts everything into perspective.