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      Children's book inspires graduates

      We TMre in the thick of graduation season and one of the most popular gifts for grads: a children TMs book.

      Oh the Places You TMll Go by the venerable Dr. Seuss is full of words of wisdom for young folks headed out into the real world.

      You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

      The book, which is rather long by Dr. Seuss standards, is the tale of boy with a grown-up life ahead of him. And true to real life, it TMs not all roses.

      I TMm sorry to say so but, sadly, it TMs true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you|And when you TMre in a Slump, you TMre not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

      Random House published the book in 1990. It was last book Theodore Geisel wrote before his death. As in most of Dr. Seuss TM work, this one has a message. Its words of encouragement have inspired graduates for two decades. In the spring, sales of The Places You TMll Go increase by 300,000 copies. You TMll hear it quoted by valedictorians at the podium.

      This summer my husband and I will attend our 25 year class reunion at Monroe City. As high school sweethearts, we TMve walked the road together and as I look back on those years, Dr. Seuss prediction of life beyond high school holds true:

      There are some things down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won TMt want to go on|On and on you will hike. And I know you TMll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are.

      Wishing the best to all our graduates. "And will you succeed? Yes! you will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

      Take care~Sarah