Dr. Seuss's tale Oh, the Place's You'll Go is a bit more complex. There is no single mountain, but rather a series of ups and downs, mix-ups and strange birds. "You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." Reminding us that "bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you."
That there will be times when things don't work out and we will end up in "the waiting place," waiting for one thing or another, "waiting around for a yes or a no, or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting."
When the waiting is over, "there is fun to be done ... there are games to be won."
It reminds us that there will be "games you can't win." But adds the encouragement that "you will go on," with success "98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed."
The luckiest person on earth. Steve concluded the message that possibly he (and we) were the luckiest people on earth instead of my mom, since we had had the great advantage of having known her. She was more interested in others than herself, she encouraged and believed in her students until they believed in themselves, and she looked at each detour as an adventure. She loved many and loved deeply.
Reflecting on the memories shared and lives helped reminded me that, while my mom might be gone, she has left a legacy in the people she loved and the lives she changed. The best memorial to her might just be to encourage more and love more deeply.
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