Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Suess.
Something more important than realising the truth contained within those simple words is teaching our children to think this way. We teach them that being different is wrong, to fight back when others hurt them, to change who they are to fit into the world that we have allowed to develop.
And then we run off and complain that the world is a tough place and we wish that everyone would stop being so mean to each other.
Dr. Suess was a wise man - a wise man who wrote awesome stories for the people of the world. They don't just teach us how we can manipulate our language, but they show us how we can behave in a world that is full of rules and regulations; how we can be something special without breaking someone else down.
I hope that my child will live in a Dr. Suess world, because that's the one I am teaching her to be in. As an aside, she is cuddling me as I write this, singing 'Where did you sleep last night?' by Nirvana. As far as I am concerned, that little fact is beyond amazing!
So tell me, what happens in your Dr. Suess world?