The Birthday Bird from Katroo

“So that’s
What the Birthday Bird
Does in Katroo. 
And I wish
I could do 
All these great things for you!” (Seuss)

Dear Dr. Seuss,

I just hauled up every book of yours we own to peruse them and select the perfect quotes to make this witty and entertaining. But, nothing is really coming to me. I remember the covers of each book, but the guts are foreign to me. It’s been years since I’ve cracked one open and actually read each page. But, thanks to being in Seussical Jr. when I was 12, I’ve seen the characters come to life in front of my very eyes.

I didn’t realize it then, but I was perfectly matched with my role as Gertrude McFuzz. When I tried out for the role, I had never heard of Gertrude before, even after growing up with the books. Turns out, she was hidden in the bowels of “Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories,” and I had simply overlooked the poor little birdie, much like everyone else in her life had.

You gave me Gertrude McFuzz, and The Sneetches and wonderful characters like Horton. Not many people possess the traits Horton does. He never gave up, even when the Whos were nowhere to be found in a field of clovers.

And, oh! The thinks I can think! If I’m willing to try! You made me want to try and you made it worth trying. I look at these books and hear the songs from Seussical in my head, still stuck there after six years. You taught me more lessons then I ever noticed you did. Thank you.

Your Pupil,

Emily M.

“And, finally, when all of the pulling was done, 
Gertrude, behind her, again had just one…
That one little feather she had as a starter.
But now that’s enough, because now she is smarter.”

Procrastinate no more

All of my classmates are complaining about the Anthology that we got assigned. This massive project is homework for three months(?) and due in May for every sophomore class that passes through my high school. My oldest brother did it, my middle older brother did it, and my youngest older brother did it. It includes reading, analyzing, interpreting, and relating to pieces of literature that you as a reader and individual appreciate. For me? Easy as cake. For my classmates? It’s just another assignment that they can whine and stress over. I’m enjoying every minute of it.

The day it was assigned I went home, dug out my poetry books, and then proceeded to read every single poem in my Emily Dickinson book, my Romantic Poets book, and my Robert Frost book (again). I bought an Edgar Allan Poe (Major Tales and Poetry) novel, and got started on that as well. I made a checklist, and have been in deep thought about every work I want to add in ever since.

I have a good ten or eleven works done already (I have a system where I type in school, copy and paste it into a wordpress draft, and then copy and paste from the draft into a document on my computer – VOILA!) , and they are already compiled into sleeves in the order that I currently want them in and are settled into my draft binder. Just last night I stayed up until three in the AM working on a work that I suddenly had a brilliant idea on. It’s three pages long (and the minimum requirement per work is two paragraphs – hehe) and I am extremely proud of it.

My Anthology is going to be awesome. I can already feel it. I have my title, I know what’s going to go on my title page, I have my chapters named, and now all I have to do is fill in the gaps with  more works. I’m organized, I’ve been looking forward to this for six years, and I believe that I am better off than anyone in my class. Bring it on, Anthology.