Monday, March 5, 2012

Lessons from Horton

If you didn't already know, last Friday, March 2nd, was Dr. Seuss' birthday! When I was in elementary school, Dr. Suess was always a favorite of mine, and now that I am grown, it is a pleasure to continue to share his wonderful books with my own children. I know many parents who feel the same way.

On Friday, the kids and I read several Dr. Suess books before making green eggs for dinner and a blue birthday cake with chocolate frosting. One of the stories I read was my absolute favorite of Dr. Suess' stories--Horton Hears a Who.

"A person's a person, no matter how small."

We all remember that line, right? One of the reasons I love Horton's story is because it is full of wonderful lessons for people of all ages.

What can we learn from Horton?

1. "A person's a person, no matter how small." C'mon, you knew that was coming. It important that we, as a adults remember, and that we teach our children that people, regardless of age, looks, smarts, whatever, deserve the same basic rights and respect. We love others as God first loved us.

2. Perseverance. Horton was determined to protect the inhabitants of Whoville. Even thought he couldn't see them. Even though no one believed him. Even though the mean bird through the clover in the huge clover patch. Horton went through several thousand clovers before he finall found his friends.

3. Don't buckle under peer pressure. After he finds the clover, Horton still has to face the other animals of the jungle again. They're ready to have him committed! They taunted him, threatened him--and it would have been so easy for Horton to give in. After all, who was going to miss a town smaller than a speck of dust?

4. One person can make a difference. No matter how big or small, how smart or not, how brave or afraid--ONE person can make a difference. All it takes is a little faith, a little courage, and a big heart.

I think these are important lessons for anyone to remember, no matter how big or how small.

What are some lessons you've learned from a Dr. Suess book?

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