In honor of this auspicious occasion, I'm posting an excerpt from my favorite birthday book of all time...
"Happy Birthday to You!" by Dr. Seuss.
Seriously. This is one of the best books ever written. Not only was Dr. Seuss whimsical and influential (teaching young children iambic pentameter is pretty good if you ask me), but his books are often based on real events or they have great messages to them.
One thing that I like about this bit from the book is that's it's not today's message of "everyone's the same, equal, winners, etc." it's more about celebrating individuality and that you are who you were meant to be. A great message to any young kid, and one that the adults need to remember as well. Thanks, Dr. Seuss!
If we didn't have birthdays, you wouldn't be you.
If you'd never been born, well then what would you do?
If you'd never been born, well then what would you be?
You might be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes!
You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
Or worse than all that... Why, you might be a WASN'T!
A Wasn't has no fun at all. No, he doesn't.
A Wasn't just isn't. He just isn't present.
But you... You ARE YOU! And, now isn't that pleasant!
Shout loud at the top of your voice, "I AM I!
I am I!
And I may not know why
But I know that I like it.
Three cheers! I AM I!