SOUTH JORDAN — Remember that special day once a year in childhood when you could wear a giant striped hat, go to school in your pajamas and eat the lunch lady's tasty green eggs and ham?
If so, you may be comforted to discover that the traditions of Read Across America Day, better known as Dr. Seuss' birthday, are being carried on with the younger generation — with help from the older generation.
"Anything that involves children is important," said Dawn Stone, a member of the Sagewood at Daybreak retirement community, as women of the retirement community donned striped hats and read to kindergarteners and first-graders at Daybreak Academy on Friday.
For Stone, who taught elementary school for 36 years, getting to spend time in the classroom with kids again brought back memories of Dr. Seuss Days past.
"I always miss being around the kids, their faces, and their comments, and everything else. They're very enthusiastic, especially with new faces," Stone said.
As she read Dr. Seuss' book "Fox in Socks" to the kids, shouts erupted from the enthusiastic crowd.
"That does not make sense," one child yelled.
"It never makes sense," another chimed in.
"And it's dangerous," a third said.
The lines from other Dr. Seuss books were also punctuated with comments of "dangerous," especially when "Pat sat on a cat" in "Hop on Pop."
After reading time, the women from Sagewood at Daybreak also donated a stack of Dr. Seuss books to the school for the kids to enjoy year-round.
"It was lots of fun. I really like Dr. Seuss books," 8-year-old Amelia Hayes said.
"Tongue-twisting is fun for me. I like 'Fox in Socks' because of its tongue-twisters. I have it at my house, and I like to read it really fast. It's so fun," she explained.Comment on this story
Seven-year-old Stone Salak enjoyed the book, "I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!" "It's showing a boy do his best to show them that he just wants to sleep, 'cause he's super sleepy," Stone explained.
"Some of them are kinda funny," he added.
Dr. Seuss' writing "never makes sense," perhaps, but the Sagewood at Daybreak residents and children of Daybreak Academy proved the famous author right when he said, “You are never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child.”