Tonight was ‘Dr. Seuss Night’ at our charter school. This was one of those events that we probably wouldn’t have even attended if my Hot Oil Man was home, but since he’s at work on his two-week hitch, I decided I’d take the kids. Plus, I liked the idea of not having to cook dinner… so I did some Who-ville inspired hair-dos on the kids and loaded them up for a night of fun, not expecting anything too meaningful or deep to transpire from “Dr. Seuss Family Fun Night” at school. We enjoyed some fun eats and treats, and a couple cute crafts – but I got way more than I was expecting. I was re-introduced to the book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” and I’m convinced Dr. Seuss wrote this book with the oilfield in mind. Okay…not really. But wow! Some of the quotes sure do hit home right now. Below are a few of my most favorite (and most applicable) quotes from the children’s book, “Oh, the Places you’ll go”.
~“Onward up many a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak.”~
Change that to “and your steel toe boots may leak” and you have a motto for every oilfield worker.
~“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” ~
We have faced SO many mountains as an oilfield family. But we’ve also gone so many wonderful places. As a young couple we got to buy our first home and start a family. As a young family we got the adventure of a lifetime and moved to Alaska. As a veteran oilfield family, we got to build our dream home and live at the top of the world. And now, even if the oilfield crashes further and we’re forced to move onto another place, we’ll just take Dr. Seuss’ advice and climb another mountain.
~“You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”~
This goes along with the previous quote. We all have different situations to face, and only we know how to handle it, or where to go. What’s right for one person isn’t right for the next, and we all have to figure what’s right for us during this difficult time in the OF.
~“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.” ~
Oh my, if this isn’t talking about oilfield wives – I don’t know what is! We are the masters of the balancing act! ‘Nuff said.
~“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”~
We’ll all make it, even during the hard times. We all do have brains in our heads and we will figure out what to do and which direction is best.
~“Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind maker-upper to make up his mind.”~
It is HARD to make decisions. Especially big ones, like deciding to look for a new job, or riding out the slump. Sometimes making the decision of what to do, is actually the hardest part of a transition.
~“When you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” ~
Amen! This last one is especially meaningful to those of us still riding out the oilfield slowdown. We’ve been through it before and it is NOT much fun, that’s a fact. But un-slumping of the oilfield will come sooner or later.
So those were the deep and meaningful life lessons I received from Dr. Seuss today. I hope you all enjoyed this as much as I did.
Thank you, Dr. Seuss, for entertaining me as a child, and guiding me as an adult!