How The Cat In The Hat Almost Ruined My Life

Did you ever read a children’s book and have it still impact you as an adult? For me, that dang Dr. Seuss book “The Cat in the Hat” seriously traumatized me. I think how I run my house now is because of the lessons I learned from that naughty cat!

I looked through my children’s book collection and I couldn’t even find the book. I am sure that I own it. Maybe my kids threw it away because of the disturbance it inflicted on them as well. In order to review the book for this post, I found a video online of Justin Bieber reading it out loud, and yes that traumatized me all over again!

I mentioned the trauma to my friend and she told me that it was her favorite book of all time and in fact she could recite it by heart and she knows that it has 62 pages in it. She loves that they were living and had an awesome time and how Thing 1 and Thing 2 came to join the party! I laughed and told her that this book describes who we are as people. I think she is the Cat and the Hat and I am the fish in the bowl. And truth be told, she is my fun friend and I am the conservative one!

Here are a few of the lessons that I learned:

When your mom isn’t home, keep the door locked and don’t answer it. The cat didn’t even knock, just let himself in. Still to this day, if I am home alone, I don’t like to answer the door. This fear had been passed on to my children when they were young, unbeknown to me. We had someone do yardwork and my kids were freaked out as they didn’t know who the person was. So, they locked themselves in their bedrooms….in the basement with the big windows open to the yard I might add.

Listen to the fish. The fish is the mature one. Yes, I see myself as the fish. The one who keeps on reminding the cat that he is naughty. The fish kept wanting the cat to leave. No one heard the fish.

Be careful about what you wish for. The kids in the book were just looking for a fun time on a rainy day. Now, on rainy days I will create my own fun and not wish for it to be created for me because a crazy cat might show up!

Don’t allow strangers to bring in even more strangers in the form of Thing 1 and Thing 2. No good can happen of more strangers entering your home. Seriously why did those kids have their front door unlocked!?

There is no such thing as a machine that will come and clean everything up. We all wished at times that there was such a machine. But we knew that if we made it messy, it would be us cleaning it up.

Don’t just sit there and take it. For most of the book, the children are just in shock. Finally, the mom is coming home and the brother acts and grabs a net to capture Thing 1 and Thing 2. Oh, how I wish the brother would have acted earlier as they could have avoided all of this.

It ends with the question, if this happened to you, would you tell your mom? This is some serious heavy conversations to have with a young child. The answer is yes. Yes, you always tell your mom. Nothing good happens by hiding things from your mom. You can bet that your mom will notice the bent rake.

As a child, I came to the realization that cats are trouble. Cats and I are not friends. And I blame this book as where it all stemmed from. Now as an adult, I keep a tidy house. I keep the doors locked. And if something gets broken or something happens, I tell my husband. And don’t even get me started with the sequel “The Cat in the Hat Comes Back” where they wash the tub with mom’s dress!!!


To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,

MS. Simplicity

Melissa is a Productivity Consultant and author living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things! Melissa’s e-book on Kitchen Organizing can be found on Amazon.