“I am Sam. Sam I am.
…I do not like green eggs and ham.”
Those are 10 of the 50 words used in the book ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’
The book, written by Theodor Geisel under the pen name of ‘Dr. Seuss’, was originally published 60 years ago (August 12, 1960). Three years earlier, Seuss had published ‘The Cat in the Hat.’ In that book, he used 236 words, all chosen from a list of 348 words educators had designated appropriate for teaching children to read.
Following the success of that first book, a friend challenged Seuss to write a book using only 50 of the approved words – and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ was served in response!
Dr. Seuss’ imagination inspires all of us to awaken to our imaginations.
In just 50 words lives a memorable story.
In just one cloud lives the image of a cat.
In just one blade of grass lives the wonder and mystery of all creation.
In just one smile lives a blessing for a lonely soul.
In just one act of compassion lives the presence of God.
We will probably use more than 50 words when we ZOOM gather this week for another time of community conversation and check-in on Thursday morning at 9:00.
AND HERE’S A NEW ZOOM INVITATION:
Another ZOOM will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at 8:00 pm for parents and caregivers of children to discuss ‘Back to School’. If you are a parent or caregiver of school aged children, please consider this a special invitation for you and your friends.
Other ZOOM’s are possible – we have some ideas of some topics – do you? Please send them along.
And, as always, here is the link to the TMUC ZOOM:
Join Zoom Meeting – All are welcome!
We look forward to seeing you again.
Carol and Jeff