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The Cat In the Hat (and The Cat In the Hat Comes Back)

March 9th, 2009 (08:34 pm)

current mood: sleepy

Tonight, for the second time in the last few days, I dressed up as The Cat In the Hat for Dr. Seuss-related events at my son's elementary school. (I'm the PTA parent in charge of all things library-related.) And we had lots of good fun that was funny.
On Friday we celebrated Read Across America Day, timed to coincide with Dr. Seuss's birthday week. The librarian, the Amazing Ms. Griffin, dressed up in her much fancier Cat In the Hat costume, and I put together a makeshift one out of my own closet. (Yes, I did already own a Cat In the Hat red-and-white-striped hat. My mother gave it to me once, though I think she got it from my cousin Ami.) All day long, we entertained the kids, class by class, and with the aid of some other parents and staff, helped them to choose from the hundreds of free books donated by RIF. Every student in the school got a free book that day. It's heart-wrenching, how incredulous some of the kids are when we tell them they can keep these books for their very own, that they don't ever have to return them. It really brings home the fact that some kids - even in one of the best-educated cities in America - don't have any books of their own.

Tonight I donned my Cat In the Hat duds again, this time for the annual Dr. Seuss Pajama Party. The kids and some of the parents showed up in their pajamas, sometimes complete with bathrobes, bedroom slippers, and teddy bears. They looked so cute! We spent a lot of time in family groups, reading to each other. Then Ms. Griffin, also in her Dr. Seuss attire, announced the winners of the Dr. Seuss Rap Contest, and the kids read their raps. My little guy was too busy "working" to sit still and read; he was given the job of passing out stickers to everyone, and he insisted on keeping it up even after the reading started. He takes his stickers very seriously.

Now I've washed off the whiskers, removed my tail, and hung up my Hat. Until next year.


Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: March 10th, 2009 12:56 am (UTC)

You are the bestest mom.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 13th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)

Yep that was my hat -which my dad borrowed and never gave back - typical! But I'm glad to hear you are putting it to good use! I bought it on a trip to St Louis of all places.


Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: March 13th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
Re: hat

Do you want it back?

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