This week in our staff meeting, the subject of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You Will Go came up, and it got me to thinking...
Admittedly more of a Green Eggs and Ham girl, I read Oh, the Places You Will Go my fair share of times as a child.
Because of our Dr. Seuss staff meeting – and the fact that I am in Las Vegas right now with PRSA, a place to go if ever there was one – I've been thinking all week about the impact of words throughout our lives. You see, when I was little, the words in Oh, the Places You Will Go were about adventure.
Then, my mother gave me a copy of the book for my college graduation. This time around, the words in the book painted a picture of my future, which still seemed such a ways off, even at 22.
And just two years ago, my husband and I chose for our aunt to read the book at our unconventional wedding ceremony. This time, the words painted a picture of embracing life on a daily basis. And doing it with a partner.
This week, I thought about the words in the book and thought about – of all things – summer vacation.
It's funny how the same words can mean so many different things throughout our lives, and how all can be impactful.
So, as I a sit at my computer today, I am pondering all of the words I read as a child that have a new meaning and paint a new picture in my adulthood.
What words have you read or heard as a child that meant something to you? And what do those words mean to you today?
PS – Be careful when pondering this over anything Disney-related. As I wrote this post, my mind wondered to Beauty and the Beast and, based on the words I remember from the book and movie, as an adult I now see it as a story of imprisonment, verbal abuse and a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome!