Dr. Seuss Love, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Lorax As An AdultTracey Gaughran
My daughter was, understandably, totally and completely P.O.-ed about this.
Her: “What?! Why do YOU get to go? YOU hadn’t even read The Lorax until last week.”
Me: “This is true. But I’m also the person with the bank account and capacity to buy plane tickets and pay for hotel rooms. LEGALLY.”
God they hate it when you apply adult reason and logic.
Her: “It’s still not fair.”
Me: “It’s not fair that I have to work 60 hour weeks and still worry about being able to afford healthcare and dental. And don’t even get me started on vision.”
Okay, so that last part didn’t happen.
But my point here is, The Kid loves her some Lorax, as many kids do. But what surprised me was discovering just how much the boyfriend – a forty-year-old man – loves it, too. Understand that I mean actively and in the present tense LOVES. When I mentioned the Lorax movie party to him – and that he would be going to it with me this weekend – his head… well, it kind of exploded.
“That is my favorite, FAVORITE Dr. Seuss book,” he blurted at me with so much force and emphasis and conviction that it might have frightened me a little. But then I get it, too – most people tend to feel pretty strongly about The Seuss.
So I asked him to explain to me what’s so great about The Lorax in his view.
Him: “The Lorax speaks for the trees, man. The Lorax… well, The Lorax is a dirty hippie. I bet he just stinks of patchouli. And he kind of looks like a giant Birkenstock!”
Me, dubious: “And that’s the distilled essence? THAT’S why it’s great?”
Him: “The distilled essence is that it’s about standing up for what you believe, even if it is not the popular opinion.”
Me: “Oh. Well, heck yeah!”
Him: “The Lorax is hardcore, dude. Straight gangsta.”
Me, laughing: “Really? GANGSTA?”
Him: “Well yeah, gangsta for the environment.”
He then went on to explain the story to me – telling me about the Once-ler and the Truffula Trees and the Thneeds. The whole shebang. It all sounded pretty post-apocalyptic to me.
Me: “This all sounds pretty post-apocalyptic to me.”
Him: “It is. And in the end, everything is ruined. The place that once was beautiful, by the end of the book, is totally destroyed.”
Me: “Unless… what?”
Him: “Well read the book and find out.”
Don’t you hate it when people adamantly refuse to spoil things for you? Wait, no? You say you LIKE that – not having things spoiled? Well, okay then. I’ll stop with the story right there.
But suffice it to say that now I’m not only THRILLED at the prospect of seeing The Lorax, but I also have a new favorite Dr. Seuss book. THIS IS BIG DEAL STUFF, PEOPLE. DR. SEUSS. RESPECT!
(If you haven’t seen the trailer for the movie, you should really take a few minutes and watch – no spoilers, promise!)
Soooo… what do you guys think – are you down with The Lorax, and do you think he’s a “dirty hippie” (kidding) (well, sort of)? What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Is it the same one that was your favorite as a kid, or do you have a different favorite as an adult?