- Posted March 13, 2014 by
Vero Beach, Florida
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Why study abroad? Ask Michelle Obama
What was it like to meet Dr. Seuss?
In 1985 , Princeton University awarded honorary degrees to six people. The students were most excited about a tall, thin man with a gray heard who was honored. Among the Princeton students that year was Michelle Robinson (who would late become Michelle Obama).
The man being honored was Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The students were so excited that they chanted, from memory, "Green Eggs and Ham." The students wanted to show how much his books meant to them.
Years later Michelle Robinson Obama would become the First Lady of the United States of America. In 2010 she chose Seuss's book, "The Cat in the Hat," to read aloud to the nation's schoolchildren. First Lady Obama knew that books for beginning readers needed to be "bouncy" and feature wild and crazy creatures.
Our son Wyatt, loves Dr. Seuss books, and is currently reading, "Who Was Dr. Seuss?" by Janet B. Pascal. The first chapter tells how Dr. Seuss inspired Michelle Obama. So Wyatt wanted to ask her, "What was it like to meet Dr. Seuss in 1985?"
Dr. Seuss, like Michelle Obama, believed in traveling overseas. He attended Oxford University.
We hope First Lady Obama will answer our son's question.
The first clip shows Wyatt asking her the question. The second photo shows Wyatt dressed as Dr. Seuss on career day - he wants to be a writer - just like Theodor Seuss Geisel.
As Wyatt's Mother, I traveled abroad on a Semester at Sea. I know how that process impacted and inspired my life and I hope the same for Wyatt.
Reading Dr. Seuss books is the first step in traveling - through reading.
As a post note: Our son, Wyatt, did not become verbal until he as almsot 7 years of age. We read to him constantly. The result is that he loves books and loves to write his own stories. His developmental delays due to Autism Spectrum Disorders have made him determined to persue his goal to become a writer like Theodor Seuss Geisel. Wyatt has been inspired by his crazy characters and rhymes.
We have traveled with our son internationally since he was five. Despite our ablity to take him to foreign places - the fact remains that reading is his favorite form of time travel.
Promoting travel and reading go hand-in-hand.