Friday, October 25, 2013

Words of wisdom, from Dr. Seuss

In 1977, Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was awarded an honorary degree by Lake Forest College. The great man proceeded to deliver what has to be among the shortest -- and best -- commencement addresses ever delivered on an American college campus. It was greeted by a standing ovation, and it's words still resonate.

"My Uncle Terwilliger on the Art of Eating Popovers"

My uncle ordered popovers

from the restaurant's bill of fare.

And, when they were served,

he regarded them

with a penetrating stare.

Then he spoke great words of wisdom

as he sat there on that chair:

"To eat these things,"

said my uncle,

"you must exercise great care.

You may swallow down what's solid

BUT

you must spit out the air!"

And as you partake of the world's bill of fare,

that's darned good advice to follow.

Do a lot of spitting out the hot air.

And be careful what you swallow.