The Cat in the Hat and Me

The other day my 32-year-old daughter Jamie and I were talking. She told me about a tense situation at work, and I said, “Sort of like the Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat. Remember?”

“Not really.”


“How could you forget Thing One and Thing Two? Everything’s a huge mess after the cat in the hat comes over–little Sally doesn’t know what to do.”



We changed the subject, but I couldn’t forget the book.

When I was little, The Cat in the Hat scared the doo-wah-ditty out of me. Maybe because I was the oldest child, and I had hyperactive twin brothers.



Every time I read The Cat in the Hat, I’d think…

Sally, be careful. Lock the door. Don’t let that cat inside. He’s going to mess everything up!

And what about the poor fish?

He nearly dies!

Which would have been all Sally’s fault.

She’s doing everything she can to keep things under control, but nothing’s working.

What a nightmare!

And just when you think things can’t get any worse…

The edge of her mother’s black pointy shoe comes toward the front door.

My heart lurches.


But this book…why does it still get to me?

Over the next few days, the answer came.

It ties into SURRENDER . 🙂

Little Sally may be in charge, but she’s not in control.

God is.

Now I picture her laughing, eating popcorn, and enjoying the show.

When Sally finally realizes it isn’t her job to control life, boy, does she have fun!



*Pictures from Flickr Danxoneil and Danxoneil












  1. anna haney says:

    Believe it our not, I am not crying. I am smiling and lifting up a prayer of thanks to Our Father for you and how He speaks through you. Have a blessed day my friend. Love ya.

    • Thank You, Lord. Anna, I’m grateful I posted this one–wasn’t sure if anyone would “get” it.

      Love you too!!

  2. Patricia Martin says:

    Hi Julie,
    What a great message! You are so right about The Cat in the Hat and Sally-I think every family has one of each. (; How wonderful it can be and is when we surrender our problems to our loving Heavenly Father who always is there for us! We have two real cats and they are little “Cat in the Hats.” Thank you so much for praying for my Math retest- teacher gave me an A! I will pray for Jamie’s situation at work. Have a great week!

    • Ha–little Cat in the Hats” I know what you mean, Patricia.

      You got an A!! Wonderful. Math was never my favorite subject. I memorized how to do it, but it seemed to be such a waste of time. 🙁

      Thanks for your prayers for Jamie. 🙂 Means a lot.


  3. So much in life comes right back to surrender. sigh. wonderful ox

  4. ….scared the doo-wah-ditty out of me…

    Oh, Julie, I wish I could have been there to protect you! But then….we’d have been partners in that crime of trying to CONTROL!

    Not anymore. We’re surrender sisters. Through and through.

    • Love that, B.J. Surrender sisters. And I love you dearly!

      Nodding in agreement with you being there to protect and……us trying to control.

      So glad you understand this blog. And me. XOXO


  5. Kim says:

    Oh, brought back memories. I have never thought about the story’s message this way. I just loved reading it to my kids because of the rhythm and rhyme. I love flow and poetry.

    Btw, we have 2 dwarf frogs my daughter named. Thing 1, (long and skinny, like the number 1) and Thing 2, (short and fat, like the number 2)!

    • Kim, you must not have been the oldest child. Or maybe it was just me and my over-the-top sense of RESPONSIBILITY…….and trying to keep everything under CONTROL.

      I do love the rhythm!

      Ohhhh, Dwarf frogs! I’d love to see a picture of Thing 1 and Thing 2.


      • Kim says:

        Oh, but I am the oldest child!

        But, I think having my sister only 1year and 5 days younger changed things a bit. I do not remember life without her. We are very close, almost like twins. So, we did nothing without the other.

        I can recall vividly the feelings of striving not to disappoint my parents. Ever. That was my focus, not what siblings did or didn’t do. Ha! Selfish?

        • Really?! Wow, Kim. How neat with that close relationship with your sissy. 🙂

          I understand the disappoint the parents feeling! And if I didn’t keep Thing 1 and Thing 2 in line, Mother was not happy. Ohh, the ways God heals us.


  6. “scared the doo-wah-ditty out of me.’ Oh, Julie. I’m definitely stealing that line!

    Love your take on the story. I was never scared of this book, but really did not like it at all. Maybe for your same reason? I’m not sure. Green Eggs and Ham was more my style. I like titles I can sink my teeth into. 🙂 xxoo

    • Marie–take the line. Please! It’s yours. 🙂

      You didn’t like this book??? Please, tell me why–when you figure it out. Would love to know.

      I BECAME Sally every time I read this one.

      Ha! Sinking your teeth into Green Eggs and Ham. Now that’s a happy book. No scary childhood memories for me in that one.


  7. I forget sometimes the lessons in these books are truly life lessons, aren’t they? I get caught up in the silliness and the unimaginable shenanigans and forget what is truly at the heart of it all.

    • Vicky–shenanigans–such a wonderful word!!! I think Dr. Seuss was brilliant. These books keep teaching me lessons! XOXO

  8. Sandra Walker says:

    ” Little Sally may be in charge, but she is not in control” really spoke to me. Am meditating on that
    So glad I found this blog!!!

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