Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss (said, of course in rhyme)

Monday night, I snuggled with my oldest daughter, Karis, as she read her 500th book of the school year. 40 years ago, my mom read the same book to me.

The exact same book.

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss. I told my mom last night on the phone that Karis read her 500th book this year and that it was Green Eggs and Ham. Mom says, “I think I read that to you 500 times.”

Today, we celebrate Dr. Theodor Seuss Geissel’s birthday, born March 2, 1904.

We do, of course, celebrate it in rhyme:

Feel free to share this with anyone you wish. You can download the PDF at the bottom of the page. (AND…read a Dr. Seuss book to your child today!)

This one is a special day
with reverent thoughts I smile and say,
“Happy birthday to the man,
who’s rhyming life, a fan I am”

On Mount Crumpit a creature whom Karloff and Carrey,
gave glimpses of life both saddened and scary,
did learn from a ‘who’, who taught in a pinch,
that Christmas is for all, yes even a grinch.

A fantastically furry and flamboyant feline,
whom Myers admired, we all would opine,
that 1 and 2 Things and a fish may think that,
trouble may follow a cat  in a hat.

I heard a who in Who-ville speak,
so in specks of dust I now must peek.
“Cause whether you’re famous, big or small,
a person’s a person, no matter how small,”*

Chartreuese or Emerald; Fern, olive or jade,
Shamrock or persian, could all be the shade.
Whether camo, or mint is yet to be seen,
but one thing is for sure: eggs and ham are now green.

Hops on Pops are very good things,
and Yings are things that like to sing.
Foxes in sox(es) occur as they may,
in imagined worlds where we dream to play.

Wockets in pockets are only the start,
of crazy adventures dear to our heart.
From Marvin K. Mooneys to Hooper Humperdinks,
our minds run free, how he made us to think.

Once we as children, now parents these books
so ingrained in our mind, that nary a look
at the words on the page for they’ve lodged in our mind
as we snuggle precious ones, speaking all words in rhyme

So some day as my son’s son reads the words,
that mom shared with me and made my mind stir.
I pray that the dreams of a child are made loose,
because of the words of the late Dr. Seuss.

Happy Birthday Dr. Theodor Seuss Geissel
March 2, 1904

by Jeff Anderson*

*except for  “Cause whether you’re famous, big or small
a person’s a person, no matter how small” taken from “Horton Hears a Who!”

and the obvious names of the books and characters

Thank you mom for reading Green Eggs and Ham every night to me 40 years ago.

Dr. Seuss Birthday (in rhyme) click to download the PDF of the poem-FREE

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See our ad in Creative Child Magazine

We are now ‘officially’ beginning the process of getting the word out about the Birthday Questions! Here is our ad that is running in the next issue of Creative Child Magazine.

Have you asked the Birthday Questions? It is not too late to start. This is a great Christmas gift as well as the PERFECT baby shower gift.

If you want to pay by check, you can simply mail us a check for $15 (includes S/H) to:

the Birthday Questions

101 Cabin Creek Court

Spring Hill, TN 37174

If you want to order right now and pay by credit card, click here

Ask Questions. Capture Moments.

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A Genetic Visionary-the only POSSIBLE explanation

A Genetic Visionary

That’s really the only possible explanation I have for my wife saying yes to marrying me.

It’s pretty simple really. My wife is an absolute genius when it comes to genetical projection analysis.

She said ‘Yes’ to the guy on the right because she could tell that half of my genetic code combined with half of hers would product this AWESOME little boy on the left! I told you…she’s a genius!

When Dawson is not tired or hungry, he is smiling. I can’t describe how much of an amazing gift my son is to us. Each day, he makes me smile. I love my boy. I also love my wife who is, as I said, a Genetic Visionary!

that’s all I have to say today

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2 bottles of Visine and a box of toothpicks

So here’s the reality:Dakota has gone to kindergarten for about 2 weeks now, but they’ve only been half days and last week was sporadic. THIS week Tuesday/Wednesday were half days and Thursday/Friday were full days.

It is hard to fathom that my ‘little girl’ is 5 years old and is now a kindergartner. Doesn’t seem possible. One of the reasons for the book is because they seem to be growing up so fast. There are things they say and do that I do not want to forget. AND…I want to hear them say it in their own words.

Yesterday, I had a date with 2 beautiful girls. It was Dakota’s first full day of kindergarten and I came to have lunch with her and big sis (Karis).

This morning, as we’re all getting up, Dakota mentions pancakes and I think that’s a great idea. So…before mommy gets down stairs there are whole wheat pancakes on the plates going to the table. I like Fridays to be sort of the fun day for breakfast whenever possible.

Karis did some of the flipping for me.

When you’re the artsy/sappy dad and making breakfast, they don’t always turn out exactly perfect. What’s your best guess on this shape? I said “At-At”.

Not only is this the 2nd full day of kindergarten, but Dakota wants to ride the bus home with Big Sis. We’re only 5 minutes away from school and the teachers are GREAT at Heritage Elementary School!

I got a new phone this week (Sprint HTC Evo). I must have only had my TREO for 1 week because I got it the month before Dakota was born. Something must have happened. One blink and Dak is 5. I’ve got 2 bottles of Visine and a box of toothpicks. I am not closing my eyes again!!!

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Why did I publish The Birthday Questions?

Why did I publish The Birthday Questions?

It’s very simple. 4 reasons: Dana, Karis, Dakota and Dawson

After 5 years of having the same phone, I got an Evo last night. This, of course, was the first photo I took with the camera (a little plug here for Moe’s or ‘Welcome to Moe’s as we call it).

I started asking The Birthday Questions with my daughters a few years ago.  I thought it was a cool idea, but when my wife, Dana said, “Don’t forget to do The Birthday Questioins with Karis” last year, I realize other moms and dads would like this to.

The Birthday Questions is really the PERFECT Baby Shower gift. It is truly a gift that new moms and dads will use for the next 20 years and will thank YOU SO MUCH that you gave them this gift. (Purchase it today in our store for just $9.99!)

Who do you want to marry? (just image playing back the different years’ answers at your child’s wedding rehearsal dinner).

Ask questions. Capture moments.

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The Birthday Questions is now available on Amazon

If you are going to write, publish and sell a book, you HAVE to be on Amazon! There are a number of other online sites that sell books (HUGE SITES!), but as a point of legitimacy and credibility, Amazon really is key.

I’m thrilled to say that you can now purchase “The Birthday Questions” on Amazon!

Click here to purchase the book on Amazon

There really are a number of benefits when you have your book available on Amazon:

1. Free shipping on qualified orders (over $25)

2. Credibility

3. Your book gets recommended (You might also like… )

4. The number one place to buy books on the internet

5. Amazon handles fulfillment (fast shipping/turnaround)

6. It’s just plain cool.

You can purchase the book on our website (just click on the store link). The book is a little cheaper on our website, but if you’ve got a big order to place on Amazon, the free shipping (over $25) makes it a wash.

To show that I’m a totally creative nerd type guy, I end up going to the Amazon link every couple of days just to see if it’s still there. It is. It won’t go anywhere. It’s just cool for me to see my book on Amazon. Yep, total nerd. I’m ok with that.

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The Birthday Questions explained (by my 5 year old daughter Dakota)

The easiest way for me to understand something is to see it in action. I am a professional musician (film composer, songwriter and producer) and I’m pretty much functioning in the right brained world most of the time. I am a visual person.

As folks are asking me what “The Birthday Questions” book is all about, the simplest way for me to explain it (at least to me) is to show the book in action.

Each year, on our children’s birthday, we ask them a series of questions and video tape the question/answer time. Dakota just turned 5 and we asked her “The Birthday Questions” for her age. (As your child develops, so do the questions.)

Dakota said it was ok for me to share this video with you. So for all the right brained folks in the world, here is Dak answering some of “The Birthday Questions.”

I’m not sure why there was a shotgun sound when she answered the boyfriend/who do you want to marry question. :)

If you could sit down and watch recordings of your parents, yourself, your husband, or your wife answering questions as a child, what would that be worth? And what if you could take simple, easy steps to give your child that priceless gift beginning right now?

Ask questions. Capture memories.

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The Birthday Questions Book Launches

I’m one of those mushy, sappy dads. I always have been. If ‘Enchanted’ is on, I almost ALWAYS end up taking a work break (I work from home) to snuggle with my girls and watch it. I just can’t help myself.

A number of years ago, I started a tradition where I ask my girls a series of questions on their birthday. We video tape the question/answer time. I ask a whole series of questions like “What’s your favorite color?”, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and the fun/dreaded, “Who do you want to marry?”

2 years ago, my wife Dana said, “Don’t forget to do the birthday questions with Karis,” on Karis’ birthday. At that moment, I realized that we had something that other parents could use to ask some questions and capture moments with their children. After a LONG process of writing, editing, writing more, editing more and so on, I have finally finished the book.

Click on the button to the right (Order Now!) and you can buy the book right now.

Here is some information about the book:

The Birthday Questions is a collection built year after year, a safe place to capture and keep even the smallest memories of your child’s life. Inside you’ll find a series of questions to ask your child every year on their birthday, which you capture on video, building a library of video snapshots of priceless, irreplaceable memories. The questions and instructions contained in these pages will stand as a record of who you are, who your child is, and who you both will become.

If you could sit down and watch recordings of your parents, yourself, your husband, or your wife answering questions as a child, what would that be worth? And what if you could take simple, easy steps to give your child that priceless gift beginning right now?

Ask questions. Capture moments. Create a treasured and timeless keepsake. Make memories that will never be forgotten.

Jeff Anderson, author of ‘the Birthday Questions’

dad of 3, husband of 1  :)

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