The rewards of parenthood are many. For me, one of the most peculiar and delightful has been re-immersion into the world Theodor Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The more I read his works to our two young kids, the more I appreciate the simple wisdom contained in them.
This time of year, natch, we spend a lot of time in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. And if you’ll indulge me a bit of mawkish holiday sentimentality, there’s something worth considering here.
Not to get all Naomi Klein on you, but as I reflect on the story of the Grinch—at a time when the ugly consequence of so much greed, consumerism and easy credit is staring us in the face—I can’t help wonder how much of these woes could have been averted, or at least mitigated, by not seeking fulfillment “from a store.”
As the wise Doctor has written:
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
It came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?
May you appreciate the true meaning of the holidays.
See you in the New Year.