Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

200px-Yertle_the_Turtle_and_Other_Stories_coverI think Dr. Seuss is one of the great theologians of the 20th Century.  His wonderful children’s books speak of the rights of all; care for the environment; paying attention and giving care to the too often overlooked; and even a dietary commentary (green eggs and ham).

In this season of budgets, proposed cuts to the most vulnerable among us, and lines drawn in the sand, I ask that today on the birthday of Dr. Seuss we remember Mack the turtle.  Remember Mack?  The feisty little turtle on the bottom of the stack who demanded his rights in the story, “YERTLE THE TURTLE.” 

To quote Mack, “Your majesty, please….I don’t like to complain, but down here below, we are feeling great pain. I know, up on top you are seeing great sights, but down here at the bottom, we too, should have rights”……

The story concludes with Mack taking action:  “that plain  little turtle below in the stack, that plain little turtle whose name was just Mack, decided he’d taken enough.  And he had.  And that plain little lad got a bit mad.  And that plain little Mack did a plain little thing. He burped! And his burp shook the throne of the king!”

I’m certainly not suggesting improper table manners, yet, I am suggesting we each raise our voice and do what ever we can to continue to advocate and act for rights, resources, room and respect for persons with disabilities.

Now, after my brief treatise on a favorite Seuss story, what’s your favorite Dr. Seuss story and why?

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