P.D. Eastman wrote this book more than fifty years ago, using only 75 different words, as an inspiration to young readers. Funny. He liked the word “Go” so much he used it twice in the title. “Go.” An action word, radiates a sense of ‘hurry up!’
“Go” is one of the Hirn Family favorite words too. It’s an essential word, actually. There are places we have been that will never be the same again when we return because time eventually does that to a place.
When we visited the Love Locks Bridge in Paris (Pont des Arts), we were amazed by the number of locks attached to the bridge, placed there by visitors who vowed their everlasting love. “Engrave the lock, attach it to the bridge and throw the key in the Seine below.” Before we left Paris, we affixed our own Hirn lock dedicated to our son and brother, Ryan, and inscribed with all of our names and the date. Problem is, 45 tons of “love” all at once can and did cause a bridge a stability problem, and just a few years after we left, Paris decided to tear out the locks. Safety and aesthetics, they said.
So . . . if you are thinking about taking a trip to one of those places on your bucket list, Go dog, go! Now, before it’s too late. Be the ones who share your stories and photos of places you were able to see up close and personal, not the ones who look back in regret at their ‘shoulda, woulda, coulda’s.’
The words of the great writers of children’s books, still carry their messages to those of us who have grown up. (Sort of). And I leave you with the words of Dr. Seuss:
You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!
Go dog. Go!