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Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Baby Atlas | 5 comments

Oh the Places You’ll Go

I gave up on reading the parenting books.  That’s right; when it comes to parenting, we’re officially winging it. I was drowning in all the conflicting information out there and finally said to heck with it – I’m just going to try and enjoy the ride that is motherhood, tailor what I’ve read to Atlas’ personality and hope for the best. Wish us all luck…


So, as of now we are not currently following a strict schedule with Atlas. Our routine changes a little from day to day.

However, one thing I do strive to do every morning is read to Atlas. It is a tradition I hope to keep for years to come. Every morning we make it about 3 pages into a book before he decides he is underwhelmed by the story. The kid is a tough critic.

But this morning was different! I pulled out a great classic: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess.


My sweet friend, Janny, got this amazing pop up book for Atlas and he was mesmerized by it today. He let me read it from start to finish. I think he enjoyed the pop up aspect of the book, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying the book’s message.

Dr Suess

Ob & Marley seemed pretty interested in the story too.


In case you haven’t brushed up on your children’s literature in a while, here are some excerpts from the book…

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to says so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you

And when you’re alone, theres a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon, 
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek, 
though you arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up of course, 
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many stray birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? 
Yes! You will indeed! 
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!) 


As I read this great classic, I thought about the life Atlas has before him and as much as I want to protect him from pain and trials, obstacles will inevitably be a part of his life. As silly as it sounds, Dr. Suess reminded me that one of my main goals as a mother isn’t to keep Atlas on the perfect ‘eat, play, sleep’ schedule, but rather instill in him the character, tenacity, courage and humility to make it through those hang ups and bang ups that life throws our way. One of my greatest responsibilities in life will be to teach my son that life is a great balancing act and it is important that he learns what’s truly important (hint hint: people, not things) in order to keep his life in balance – through the good times and the bad.

I just felt compelled to share this today for anybody out there who is going through a rough patch because this poem also reminded me that no matter how lonely/crazy/stressful life can get, brighter and better days are always just around the corner…98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed! 🙂

***And that’s my cheesy sentiment for the day.***

In other news…remember that time I ran Central Park in the pouring down rain? That happened this morning with my great friend, Linda! Running with friends is so much more fun. I’m 2 for 2 in Central Park – one run in the freezing cold and 1 run in the pouring rain.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! Be sure to eat lots of carbs today…just in case you don’t get enough tomorrow. 😉


    • That is so sweet, Katie! My mom said she was going to buy the book for her students this year (she’s a 5th grade teacher).

  1. I love this book and totally needed the reminder today. Bright things are always ahead, we just need to stay positive to find them 🙂 Happy {early} Thanksgiving!
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    • Happy (late) Thanksgiving to you, Becky! I hope you guys had a wonderful holiday!

  2. I love this book too, and this pop-up version makes it even more magical. The valedictorian at my high school graduation read this book to all the graduates for her speech and it has always stuck with me. A perfect story for all stages of life. 🙂
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