Mar 17, 2010

On That Cold, Cold Wet Week

The sun did not shine.
It was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house
All that cold, cold wet week.
I sat there with Eva.
We sat there, we two.
And I said, "How I wish
We had something to do!"
Too wet to go out
and too cold to play ball.
So we sat in the house.
We did nothing at all.
All we could do was to Sit!
And we did not like it.
Not one little bit.
And then Something went BUMP!
How that bump made us jump!
We looked!

Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
The Cat in the Hat!
And he said to us,
"Why do you sit there like that?"
"I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny!"
"I know some good games we could play," Said the cat. "I know some new tricks," Said the Cat in the Hat. "A lot of good tricks. I will show them to you. -

Your mother will not mind at all if I do!"

Being a Grandma is a lot like being the Cat in the Hat. We just pop in when things are dull and the mother's out and we spice things up a bit. The kid's never quite sure if she should do these things, but that darn cat is so persuasive "Now! Now! Have no fear. My tricks are not bad... we can have lots of good fun, if you wish...." for example... "with a game that I call Up-Up-Up with a fish!" You remember... the fish atop the umbrella atop the hat atop the cat atop the ball....

It's not that my I mean The Cat's ideas are necessarily bad.... just sometimes messy maybe

Or a tadbit unhealthy perhaps

And sometimes a little frou frou or expensive

And, hey, this was her very own idea...
and the talking chins was just plain fun.
hours and hours of fun
(did I mention hours?)
nothing. nothing going on here, keep moving



Dr. Seuss was given a list of 400 words school children would be learning and was asked to write a book with his infamous illustrations that would use many of these words and "would be interesting for children." It took him nine months to produce The Cat in the Hat, using 223 words that were on the list and 13 that were not. Only one word - "another" - has three syllables, 14 have two syllables, the rest have only one syllable.

And Dr. Seuss' real name? Theodor Geisel
The other day I texted Marj:
"Would you still love me if my name was Bernhard Schlink?"
(he's an author) (sorry, Mr. Schlink) (her answer was "definitely")
So I guess what I'm sayin' is:
Would you still love me if my name was Theodor Geisel?


Anonymous said...

Where do you get all that brain power?! You continue to amaze me.

I particularly like the grandma analogy, since that is my future...very soon.

Anonymous said...

Love the hats,oh,whateva,I liked the whole story.



Fern said...

Love it!!!! You are so talented, Grandma!!j

~Connie said...

I should ... I could ... I would ... love you if your name was whatever-you-said! :) (and you're 'dead on' 'bout the Gramma thing!!)