I love Dr. Seuss.
There is something about the way he puts thoughts into words that make sense to my "child-like' brain cells. It seems like I've been reading Dr. Seuss most of my life, and today, still I enjoy re-reading his books. As I get older, the original meanings I attached to the readings, are changed slightly, but the words still apply, and the advice is still valid.
Dr.Seuss was a sly genius.
The very last of his books published before his death in 1990 is titled "Oh, The Places You'll Go!
Take a few minutes to read the words, or better yet, watch this short YouTube video I came across as I was doing my research, and you will see what I mean.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
This assemblage started off with finding the three small ceramic birds. The interesting thing about these birds is that they all didn't show up in my studio at the same time, nor did they come from the same place. One day, I realized there were 3 and they were exactly the same: Ceramic, copper/patina in color, all were looking up . . .
A wooden wine box covered in vintage encyclopedia pages on the outside, and a vintage map of Europe line the inside. A bamboo stick, beautifully hand carved and shaped, fit's perfectly in the slot that formally held the box lid.
The birds stand on small wooden dowels to give them "feet' for their shoes. and a wooden abacus along the back, speaks to the 'brains in their heads' that Dr. Seuss wrote about.
It is true what they say:
Seuss' message is simple but never sappy:
life may be a 'Great Balancing Act,' but through it all 'There's fun to be done.'