Dear Dr. Seuss,
I’m sorry that it’s been so many years before I decided to write you a letter of gratitude. I know that it was your birthday last March 2nd, and so I thought why not write you a letter as my birthday present to you.
You’ve been with me since I was a child, from my beginnings. My dad brought home a movie based off one of your most iconic books, “The Cat in the Hat”. As a kid I didn’t quite understand you yet, but I remember being entertained by you, by your cat and the Things. After watching that movie I went and read the book, and I remember admiring the cartoons. But the words never stuck to me. I knew them by heart and could recite your poetry, but the words were nothing but words to my eight year old self.
I guess I owe you an apology for I’ve forgotten you throughout my adolescent years. By that I mean, whenever I hear your name, I just simply say “Yeah, I know who Dr. Seuss is. Great guy.” During my early teens, I would read through your books at the bookstore and just smile and laugh. I knew what you were talking about then, but I didn’t take it to heart yet. Maybe it was because I was a cocky teenager who thought she knew everything she needed to know. I was, yes, an ignorant novice. But your cartoons and rhyme still stuck to me, but I hadn’t taken them to heart…at least not yet.
You were always there for me from afar. Even when I thought I didn’t need you, you would still be around, popping on bookshelves, the internet, and I would see people quote you. I respected you even back then when I was about sixteen. You were a man who changed lots of lives and inspired many, and later in my present time, become my mentor.
But you’ve always been my mentor. I just didn’t know it.
Truth be told, I forgot about you. As I got older, you became just a name, a name I respected but nevertheless didn’t care for as much. Until one day, I experienced a big and dark storm just last year. I needed something to keep me going, something to motivate me and help me. I had prayers, faith, and I decided to add quotes. The quotes helped me to find my ground, give me a good place to start recovering and repairing. One day, I stumbled upon a post: “30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life”.
That was when everything you’ve been telling me, and every kid around the world, finally hit me. All 30 sayings hit home hard, and how simple you’ve put it. It made me feel so silly all this time. Your philosophies were worded so simply but so layered and memorable. And now, me at the age of nineteen, finally understand you. I call you my childhood mentor because you enlightened me with morals and lessons. But I still call you my mentor now because you mentor me in a different way.
So all I can say is: Thank you for being there.
The Little Novice
Today is YOUR day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!
– Dr. Seuss