Wacky and Wonderful Library

Editor Kim Rosenthal, MD

Wacky and Wonderful Library: Dr Seuss and the Job

In my world,
everyone’s a pony 
and they all eat rainbows 
and poop butterflies!  
— Dr Seuss

Dr. Seuss wrote books for kids, but his writing was so addicting that adults are still found hiding in dark corners reading his story books, even this many years after his death.  Why do we (secretly) read his stuff, even at this mature stage in our lives? Why do we steal our kids’ books?  It’s Dr. Seuss’ fault, that’s why.  He had these beautiful and nonsensical words.  His rhyme and rhythm were catchy.  His artwork, more than a riot.  They were a whole world.  How could we resist?  He caught life on paper, and we were all in love at “hello.”

Dr. Seuss published more than 60 books.  The following is a poem about his love of being employed.

I LOVE MY JOB, by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss~I love my job. I love the pay!
~I love it more and more each day.
~I love my boss, he is the best!
~I love his boss and all the rest.

~I love my office and its location. I hate to have to go on vacation.
~I love my furniture, drab and grey, and piles of paper that grow each day!
~I think my job is swell, there’s nothing else I love so well.
~I love to work among my peers, I love their leers, and jeers, and sneers.
~I love my computer and its software; I hug it often though it won’t care.
~I love each program and every file, I’d love them more if they worked a while.

~I’m happy to be here. I am. I am.
~I’m the happiest slave of the Firm, I am.
~I love this work. I love these chores.
~I love the meetings with deadly bores.
~I love my job – I’ll say it again – I even love those friendly men.
~Those friendly men who’ve come today, in clean white coats to take me away!!!!!”

2 babies, half a head, and a dog with flowers - by Rosenthal

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