Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dr. Suess and Diabetes

Those who know me well, know of my love for Dr. Suess' children's books. I've read them to my children since before they were actually aware of anything except the sound of my voice. I have many favorites, but one in particular is on the top of my list. It occurred to me tonight that this book (which I will name in a minute) accurately and profoundly describes how Nikki's life (and mine, Bryan and Amber's) was before diabetes; the moments we've had since diabetes; and the future we are determined for Nikki and all d-kids to have. The name of the book is "Oh, The Places You'll Go" and it was the last book Dr. Suess ever wrote. Please allow me to share it with you now and as you read, really absorb the words and the meaning behind them. (The words in brackets are mine.)

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose

You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one
who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets.
Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say,
"I don't choose to go there."

With your head full of brains
and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down
any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.


You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind,
because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang
and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly,
you'll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go,
you will top all the rest.

Except when you don' t
Because, sometimes, you won't.
I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true
that hang-ups and bang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

You will come to a place
where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted.
But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain
both you elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out?
Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose?
How much can you win?

And IF you go in,
should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters?
Or, maybe, not quite?

Or go around back and
sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not,
I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper
to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads
at a break-necking pace

and grind on for miles
across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear,
toward a most useless place.

The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come,
or a plane to go
or the mail to come,
or the rain to go
or the phone to ring,
or the snow to snow
or waiting around
for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow
{or waiting for a cure}
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps,
for their Uncle Jake or
a pot to boil,
or a Better Break
or a string of pearls,
or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls,
or Another Chance.

Everyone is just waiting.

NO! That's not for you!
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!


There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored.
there are games to be won.
And the magical things
you can do with that ball
will make you the
winning-est winner of all.

You'll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world
watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't.
Because, sometimes, they won't.
I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win'
cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot

And when you're alone,
there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you
right out of your pants.
There are things, down the road
between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much
you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
Though the weather be foul
On you will go
though your enemies prowl
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl
Onward up many a frightening creek,
though your arms {and fingers}
may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike
and I know you'll hike far and
face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up with
many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that
Life's a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be
dexterous and deft.
And never mix up
your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3 / 4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS! your name Buxbaum or
Bixby or Brayor Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
you're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!


Jill said... just made me see this book in an entirely different light! Now Im gonna read it to Kacey :) They have the whole Dr. Suess set and I loved them as a child but they never really took to once I read this one to her with a different meaning...Im sure she'll love it!

***Big Hugs***