This last Tuesday Marcus and I travelled to Bennington, NE. We shared the animated short and book Black Day: The Monster Rock Band with the students. The kids were all in their pajamas as it was “pajama day.” And also Dr. Seuss week. So the PTO invited a local author in to tell his story.
Also, with the “big kids” Marcus and I talked about what makes a good story, the importance of set, adventure, conflict, jokes, and truth.
Marcus and Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss…what a great storyteller and teller of #Truth.
The Places We Go
Ok. In the interest of full disclosure, this trip to Bennington was about 7 miles from our home. Yet, I’ve been reflecting since our visit, on Dr. Seuss’ last book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! Published in 1990, the same year Marcus was born, and what those 7 miles really show in how far this young man goes…and goes.
Last week we shared the exciting news that Marcus will be speaking in the UN Building on 3-21, World Down Syndrome Day. (Check out the big announcement here.)
What Mountain is Marcus Moving?
Who knows? Maybe like the time in Tennessee when the little old lady said to me, “I didn’t even know this was possible…” When we limit the idea of what is possible, we limit the whole world! Am I right?
Have Been and Will Go
Often at the school events kids like to know how many places Marcus has been. At last check, we’ve been to 16 states touring with the book. And he’s done interviews with people from outside the country as well. Next year, we plan to take Black Day to the UK, in person. (Available in the UK now via Amazon sellers, just sayin’) And available on audible all over the world!
“Out there things can happen, and frequently do, To people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, you’ll start happening too!” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Things Are Happening.
That’s for sure. No matter where we go, Bennington, Nebraska, or Bedford, IA, or Buda, TX, Marcus teaches important lessons, at least to me, and I hope these breadcrumbs of wisdom scattered about will lead both kids and educators to move the mountains of intolerance. Marcus often points out, “Kids will grow up and have kids.” and Dr. Seuss is right, mountains can be moved, but no one will do it alone.
Delighted to include this in the Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence was “When it comes to traveling…”
Also, if you don’t own this book, you should. Here’s a link: