Put the boys to bed the other night and read them Dr. Seuss's 'Oh the places you'll go' which is one of my favourite books of all time. We'd been through all the bits about having brains in our heads and feet in our shoes, we'd talked about the going down of not-so-good streets and how mind maker uppers make up their minds as well as the inevitable conversation about the uselessness of the Waiting Place and I finished up the book .. which goes as follows:
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or 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!
Doesn't it just fill you with inspiration and make you want to leap up and tackle the world? Right now, this very minute?
'Mummy?' says Adam
'we can't get on our way, you won't let us because it's bedtime.'
The boy had a point. Eventually we agreed that the taking on the world would just have to wait until tomorrow. But with the summer holidays just round the corner, I'm looking forward to it.