I have an adult son with epilepsy. Recently he suffered a seizure in a parking lot, fracturing his skull. He was rushed into surgery, where a brilliant neurosurgeon not only repaired his skull and resolved the sub dural hematoma, he saved my son’s quality of life. His short-term memory is gradually getting back to where it it was before the accident, and he is once again living on his own.

This poem by Sue Vincent really struck a chord with me. Dr. Suess was a brilliant man in so many ways–children and adults all over the world have been touched by his hilarious tongue twisters!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Thinking to help my son heal his speech right
I had sent out a call on the Freecycle site…
Every day for a week I was checking to see
If anyone local might have some books free.

Remembering childhood and tongue-twisting ditties
I set the request to go out to three cities
Quite soon, sure enough, an address I could look up,
And dive across town to be picking a book up.

It didn’t take long till we had a collection
Addressing lacunae in diction’s defection.
Each morning we’d read and he’d make his lips wriggle
And both, unsuccessfully, try not to giggle.

We read about Sleeping and yawns under noses
And Foxes with Soxes to cover their toes-es,
We read about Green Eggs and Ham and the Cat
Who had juggled the goldfish and then doffed his Hat.

We wrangled with words and with pronunciation
Till it was apparent…

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Author: conniejjasperson

Connie J. Jasperson lives in Olympia, Washington. A vegan, she and her husband share five children, a love of good food and great music. She is active in local writing groups, an editor for Myrddin Publishing Group, and is a writing coach. She is an active member of the both the Northwest Independent Writers Association and Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and is a founding member of Myrddin Publishing Group. Music and food dominate her waking moments. When not writing or blogging she can be found with her Kindle, reading avidly.

3 thoughts on “Seussination”

  1. Thanks for reblogging, Connie. I am sorry to hear your son had to go through this… and you too; I know what it feels like… but glad to hear your son is back on his feet. I can’t say enough about the good these books did for Nick. From being barely intelligible to being able to stand and givea speech to a conference hall a few months ago is a long way to go with a Fox in Sox.

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      1. WE got creative with all sorts of things… from ice cream tubs to hold his feet on exercise equipment to adult sized toddler reins made of luggage straps and pipe lagging to help him learn balance… we had to, there was little else happening at an official level once the first recovery was over.


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