Helping Out Elders in Winter
INTERESTING STUFF – 14 December 2013

You're Only Old Once

SeussCover Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote a book about being old? It's called You're Only Old Once – a Book for Obsolete Children.

The book was published on Theodor Seuss Geisel's 82nd birthday in 1986, and he wrote it after having spent entirely too much time undergoing medical examinations.

I felt the same way last week after a lengthy visit with a couple of doctors so it was fun when I got home to read this book again. As Seuss writes at the beginning, I too wish I could live in this kind of world:

Seuss fottafazee

He continues:

'cause the air that they breathe
is potassium-free
and because they chew nuts
from the Tutt-a-Tutt tree.

This gives strength to their teeth,
it gives length to their hair,
and they live without doctors,
with nary a care.

Thereafter, the entire story is about the folly an extended physical examination can turn out to be. The hearing test:

Seuss hearing


Then they'll say, “My dear fellow, you're deafer than most.
But there's hope, since you're not quite as deaf as a post.
We'll study your symptoms. We'll give you a call.
In the meantime, go back and sit down in the hall.

I'm lucky that (for now) I need no prescription drugs and take only three basic supplements. Nevertheless, this section of Seuss's book feels all too real:

For your Pill Drill you'll go to Room Six Sixty-three,
where a voice will instruct you, “Repeat after me...
This small white pill is what I munch
at breakfast and right after lunch.

I take the pill that's kelly green
before each mail and in between.
These loganberry-colored pills
I take for early morning chills.

I take the pill with zebra stripes
to cure my early evening gripes.
These orange-tinted ones, of course,
I take to cure my charley horse.

I take three blues at half past eight
to slow my exhalation rate.
On alternate nights at nine p.m.
I swallow pinkies. Four of them.

Seuss pills

The reds, which make my eyebrows strong,
I eat like popcorn all day long.
The speckled brown are what I keep
beside my bed to help me sleep.
This long flat one is what I take
if I should die before I wake.

Thank you, Dr. Seuss, wherever you are.

Dr. Seuss

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Love, love, love.

I can say with all honesty, I'm vastly over medicated. So was he. LOL


Some years ago, one of our presidents (you pick a name), gave a speech in a tiny midwestern farming community.

Most of the small audience consisted of migrant workers.

Whenever he made a point during his rousing speech, the crowd shouted "Hoy-yay! Hoy-yay!"

He and his staff were very pleased with the enthusiastic response.

On the way back to the campaign bus, the entourage took a shortcut through a cow pasture.

The mayor, accompanying the president, noticed that a cow had left a deposit on the ground.

Turning to the president, he exclaimed, "Mr. President! Watch out! Don't step in the hoy-yay!"

Dr. Seuss would have understood.

What a HOOT!

Making this a birthday gift to a friend this month - Perfect!

I will never be too old to stop loving Dr. Seuss. I read every one of his books to my children and loved doing it over and over and over. Theodor Gessel managed to make rhyming such fun to read out loud that I still enjoy doing it. There was a hidden morality lesson in his stories that made it easy to teach my children to do the right thing. It was almost subliminal, but it was there.

Thank you for his book on being old. I'm going to read it out loud right now. Ta ! Ta!

Love the statement

This is a clever.. As I read this peom for seniors is very interesting as the older you get they get stuffed with pills to live off which is crazy because then they make you dependent on them.

I like it.In being a senior,it let's me laugh at myself

Great example of how how pharma industry is over medicating seniors. There is no end to their greed.

Over medication or conflicting meds are an ongoing problem.

Aha, I'm an obsolete child. That explains a lot! (Thought I'd I'd read all the Seuss books when my son was young, but I don't remember this one.)

How quickly one can find themselves in this situation. My husband and have been making a lot of trips recently to the regional VA clinic about 70 miles from our home. We're very thankful for the medical care, since he doesn't get Medicare until February, and became unexpectedly unemployed and without affordable insurance, and as a long term insulin dependent diabetic, he can't be without help. This shed a little light of humor on the situation.

Thanks from me, too, for posting this. I didn't know about the book and I absolutely love it!!!!

When he wrote this I was still young and paid it no mind. Why would I want to read of being old when I wasn't. And now that I am of age, I still don't think I'll buy the book as I really don't want to know how it ends.

This is a new Suess book for me...I've read many of his other book to my children and my grandchildren....I'd this one is for me and I LOVE it. Thank you for posting my friend.

I gave this book to my dad for his 78th or 79th birthday. It was the last book I gave Dad as he did not make it to 80. Thanks for the memory.

What fun. I didn't know this book existed.

Thanks for writing about this.


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