Opening a book is always good for the soul

Published 2:41 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020


With school hallways filled with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and Cats in Hats, and classrooms serving snacks of Green Eggs and Ham, the week of March 2 was a special reminder that opening a book also opens our minds to a world full of imagination.

While March 2 itself marked the birthday of the infamous Dr. Seuss, it also marked the start of Read Across America Week—a week full of interactive ways to get kids to immerse themselves in reading.

Throughout the week, schools across Shelby County saw students and teachers alike dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters, while several had law enforcement officers and even celebrities stop by to read their favorite book to the students.

It was a week that reminded us reading is more than just a chore, it’s something that helps our imagination run wild. A way to escape the real world and take a journey with someone or something else.

While some of us enjoy reading books more than others, most of us have that one book that we will never forget. Whether it be a childhood book our parents used to read to us or a book we’ve read as an adult that we just couldn’t put down.

In a day and age where we are surrounded by television that consumes us, sometimes it’s nice to get away from that and pick up a book for a quiet and relaxing time.

As Dr. Seuss said best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

For his birthday and a week dedicated to reading, it’s only fitting that we all pick up a book. Whether you finish a chapter in a book you’re currently reading, start a new book or just go back to one of your childhood favorites, it’s the least we can do.

Who knows, it might take you on a journey, a trip to somewhere funny or maybe even a place to escape the stress of everything that has made your life a mess.