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Dec. 22nd, 2011 @ 08:00 am Seuss and Seconds: A Twinkle in the City
Singer/songwriter David Gray writes about seconds and moments that rarely occur in his song "Fugitive"; he describes how it's rare that people get a twinkle in their eye, but it happens, if only for a second. It happened to me yesterday at the Museum of Science and Industry.

After grading 1200 essays in four months the boys and I took a celebratory head-clearing trip to the city.

 We hit the museum early to find Christmas past amongst fake trees that spanned the globe. 

When the boys were saying CHEESE! beneath the largest spruce a woman approached me with tickets to the Dr. Seuss exhibit. I was thrilled, not knowing such an exhibit was even there, pausing in realization that every time I go to the city something children's bookish lights up my path. Remember the time I went to the Art Institute and ran into David Diaz's artwork? (Yes, David, I fixed my two-tone hair. Did you get new shoes?)

The Seuss exhibit contained halls of heavenly sculptures and manuscripts, chronological quotations and facts. I discovered that Seuss published his first book in 1937. (I'll tell you later why that date is so important to me.) Suess was rejected 30-something times for this masterpiece.

A Seuss scientist chose my oldest son as an Oobleck demonstrator.

Don't blame me for the blurry picture; security asked me to put my camera away, but not before I snapped a photo! Mwaahhaha!

I was inspired by the wall containing eight steps to becoming a successful children's book writer, none of which involved facebook or twitter, all of which involved heart and hard work.

We finished our Seusstastic tour in a room filled with Whoville statues and bronze green eggs and ham. A curator stopped me to describe the unique paintings in the room--the La Jolla bird women sketches...  

and the Prayer for a Child poem and painting.

 Prayer for a Child
-Dr. Seuss

From here on earth,
From my small place
I ask of You
Way out in space:
Please tell all men
In every land
What You and I
Both understand . . .

Please tell all men
That Peace is Good.
That’s all
That need be understood
In every world
In Your great sky.

(We understand.
Both You and I.)

The poem still makes me cry. If. Only.

On our way out of Seussville we bumped into fellow children's book writer pal Sarah Barthel who also received the memo that it was Black Fleece Day.

Upstairs, we found more children's book writers. The Three Silly Chicks had multiplied!!

It's no coincidence that when we pulled away from the museum David Gray was singing "Fugitive" on the radio. It was a simple reminder that whatever happens here stays. It's moments like these that remind me, whether it's world peace or daily enjoyment, we all have to try harder.

Below you can make fun of me or agree with me...you choose.