A few things I Learned from Green Eggs & Ham

Dr. Seuss

Recently I came across an old childhood favourite by Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs & Ham. It took me right back to my early school days where we’d expectantly sit in the reading corner with our legs crossed and arms folded, bursting with anticipation for when the title of the day’s story would be revealed.

I absolutely loved story time at Primary School. It was one of my favourite times of the day because it signified an exploration of my imagination. As my old form teacher Mrs. Speed read the story, I would envision all of the colours, actions and characters and place myself somewhere right in the middle of the scene.

As I reminisced on these toe curling memories, I couldn’t help breaking the nostalgia and viewing the story through totally different eyes.

The Story: Many of you may remember this story of the most absurd but loveable looking cat named Sam I Am, who practically torments his co character by his insistence that he try eating ‘Green Eggs & Ham’.

The other character is adamant that he does not like the dish but Sam I Am will not take no for an answer and offers many alternatives that may make green eggs and ham a more delightable platter. Sam’s co character is adamant all the way through that he does not like green eggs and ham and has no interest in trying to get to like it.

The story culminates when Sam I Am suggests his final combination of the meal and the other character gives in and agrees to try the dish, just to get Sam I Am to stop his pestering.

To everyone’s surprise the co star tries eating Green Eggs and Ham and realises that he actually does likes it. He affirms Sam’s choice and ends with the final statement; “I do so like Green Eggs and Ham, thank you, thank you Sam I Am”.

What I Learned:

  1. We must never be afraid to try new things
  2. When we’re so resolute about what we believe, we adopt a closed or fixed mindset that robs us from experiencing new things that are often valuable, appealing and enjoyable.
  3. We can be offered so many opportunities in life but we limit ourselves because we stay stuck in our comfort zone.
  4. Persistence gets results, Sam I Am never gave up on encouraging his co character to try Green Eggs & Ham and finally persuaded him to try it.
  5. Always be thankful to those who have taught you something. Even if you got to the results kicking and screaming.
  6. Often times you find growth lessons in simplicity, like I did in this simple story.

Well, I thought I’d share a few of the lessons I learned from reconnecting with this fabulous memory. Trying new things can be really scary but once we are willing to come out of our comfort zones, it’s amazing how quickly we adapt to the new.

Some of you are well acquainted with Dr. Seuss and like me, enjoyed the Green Eggs & Ham story during your childhood and for some it’s your first account of the story. Whatever your reference point, I suggest you take another look at the enjoyable tale. It’s really quite amusing and I’m sure you’ll find some life lessons of your own.

Feel free to leave me a comment on how you go about trying new things. Or you may want to share your childhood memory of Dr. Seuss. I’d love to hear from you.

6 thoughts on “A few things I Learned from Green Eggs & Ham

  1. H Bobby Goodman says:

    I will admit that while in secondary school, I thought of myself as an expert at English Literature, understanding “Stream of Consciousness” and several theoretical approaches to literary analysis. However, admirable little lessons like this “Green Eggs and Ham” article the real depth of thought that can go into the improvement of our understanding of what we see and what we read. The value of what we read should never be valued by the thickness of the book or the complexity of the story. The expansion of our ability to comprehend life’s lessons and use them to our advantage in the present and in the future brings us greater joy and satisfaction than just being able to boast, “I read that story in primary school too! Especially as I did not.” Thanks very much for sharing the knowledge.

    • You’re so right Bobby,

      Academia is essential but definitely not the only way we learn. It’s taken me all of these years to pull these principles out of the story. Very simple concepts but life changing if seen and adapted. Thanks for commenting and I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by and read the post!

  2. De Seuss, Philosopher. “Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.” Our grandson always cracks up when I recite the first few pages of Green Eggs and Ham! Timeless.

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