September 4 – Alone

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHello and Happy Wednesday!  Today’s photo is Alone.

I decided on a photo of Ian from 4 years ago.  He is taking his bath and having fun.  Then as now, after I wash him, he enjoys playing by himself with his bath toys.  I am always close by, but it’s fun to see him in action.

Last night for his bath, he played for a while with one of his pirate ships and several toys.  He had a great conversation going between his toys.  Ian has learned to have fun playing by himself.  He also, of course, likes to play with others too.  So we are blessed.

After his bath, we had dinner and then he played for a little while longer.  Then it was bedtime.  I read “Horton Hears A Who” to him.  This is a fun book about an elephant who hears someone tiny who lives in a village on a speck of dust.  Ian loved it and has liked all of the Dr. Seuss books that we have read.

Horton is alone in protecting the Who’s in Whoville.  Everyone in his town makes fun of him and says there aren’t any people because they are too small.  You know what Horton says, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”  The Who’s appreciate Horton for his friendship and protection.

Dr. Seuss had a great message in this book of treating others kindly and with respect, no matter what.  He was great for that.  And, he made the books fun and great to read aloud.  He was a genius, in my opinion.

After we read this book, we talked about the fact that people come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.  And, all people, no matter how small or big have value and are important and can be our friends.  Ian seemed to get that, which makes me happy and proud of him.   I so loved this teaching moment!

The other Horton book that Ian loved is “Horton Hatches The Egg.” That also had a fun rhyming story yet was about doing what you say you will do and keeping your promises.  Again, genius by Dr. Seuss to teach children important values while they are having fun and being entertained.

I suppose I veered away from alone, but then again maybe not.  We alone are responsible for how we treat others.  These two books are helping my son to learn that.  I must say I am very grateful.

My dream is to write a children’s book one day.  I wonder if I could come anywhere close to the wonder of Dr. Seuss’s writings?  Maybe if I work on them with Kirk and Ian, we could.  It will be fun to see!

As I was going to bed last night a thought crossed my mind about the Who’s in Whoville.  In the book, their entire town is on a  speck of dust on top of a clover.   So they are tiny.   If that is true, was the Grinch a tiny person too?  After all, he did come into Whoville and cause all that trouble.  What do you think?  I would love to hear some thoughts on this!