I feel sorry for people who’ve never given Dr. Seuss their undivided attention. The man was brilliant. Check out this passage from The Sneetches.
Now the Star-bellied Sneetches had bellies with stars.
The Plain-bellied Sneetches had none upon thars.
The stars weren’t so big; they were really quite small.
You would think such a thing wouldn’t matter at all.
But because they had stars, all the Star-bellied Sneetches
would brag, “We’re the best kind of Sneetch on the beaches.”
With their snoots in the air, they would sniff and they’d snort, ”
We’ll have nothing to do with the plain-bellied sort.”
And whenever they met some when they were out walking,
they’d hike right on past them without even talking.
They call Dr. Seuss a “children’s author,” but as you can see from this excerpt, his silly looking books with the funny-looking characters on the cover address some very profound and complex issues.
So while we’re on the subject, let me ask: are you a Star-bellied Sneetch?
One way to keep from becoming one is to remember that we’re all fearfully and wonderfully made by an amazing God. (Psalm 139:14)
To you, he may have given dark skin. To me, he gave light skin.
To you, he may have given the ability to sew. To me, he gave the ability to write.
To you, he may have given a full head of hair. To me, he gave a solar panel.
Star-bellied or plain-bellied, we’re all products of the ultimate creative genius. When he got done designing your DNA, he said, “Ooooh, that’s cool!” Then he tore up your blueprint and started over on the next person. Every single one of us–star-belly or plain-belly–is a masterpiece.
So if you’re one of those people who can’t walk past a mirror without stopping to admire yourself, has a cell phone full of selfies, and is always making fun of the way other people look, you are a Star-bellied Sneetch, which is not a good thing, but at least you can tell people that a Dr. wrote a book about you.