If you are a regular reader here, odds are good that you’re well….odd. That’s awesome! Yay for all of us that are just a little bit outside the lines of life’s coloring book. But every so often, it’s nice to have a little reinforcement that marching to a different drum is A-OK. In reality, people who aren’t at least a little weird don’t make a difference, do they?
Dr. Suess was definitely quirky. Maybe downright weird. Never met the guy. But we all grew up with his crazy way of passing down important life lessons. I’ve called you all here today to share one with you that you may have missed.
When I was a child, I loved the story of Gerald McBoingBoing. I also loved Dr. Suess, but I had no idea until recently that he was responsible for this delightful story. I read it in an anthology of illustrated short stories for kids, and the credited author was Theodore Geisel. What kid knew that was Dr. Suess’s real name? I sure didn’t. And the illustrations were not your typical Suess fare either. I’m not even sure if he did them.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, Gerald McBoingBoing was a little boy who was ostracized because he spoke in sound effects instead of words. We see him drive his parents crazy, be made fun of at school, and eventually run away from home. But just when things look terribly grim for Gerald, he is rescued by someone who understands how important and special “being different” is.
I had no idea that there was a short cartoon of this story produced until I happened across it on Turner Classic Movies. I read the story in the 70’s, and the short is dated from 1951, so it’s no wonder I missed it. (And most likely, you did too.)
(Gerald had a few other short film adventures as well as a short lived television show in the 1990’s)
So, for those of you who may need a little reminding that you don’t need to be like everyone else to be a badass, here for your viewing enjoyment is the charming tale of Gerald McBoingBoing.