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Seeing 'The Lorax' and still caring 'a whole awful lot'

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Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 12:02 am | Updated: 7:04 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

It's not often that there's a new movie I'm eager to see, but recently one debuted that beckoned. An instant success, the film hit first place in admissions the week it opened.

Still, I hesitated to go because it seemed I should be accompanied by a small child,- and the smallest grandkids were busy.

Yes, I wanted to see "The Lorax." Two of my adult daughters and a grown-up granddaughter also wanted to see it, so we four went together, without a toddler, tot or tween in sight.

We went with happy memories of the many times we'd read Dr. Seuss' book. First published in 1971, the story of the fluffy character who "spoke for the trees" was practically required reading in our family.

While the focus on environmental concerns then was less intense than it is today, Old Dad and I were already worried about planet Earth and wanted the kids to know that we all share responsibility to save it. And that is the message in "The Lorax."

So we chuckled at the film's whimsical wildlife, its villains and its depiction of an all-plastic world where no dirt is allowed (and fresh air must be imported). We rocked to the music when the characters, referring to a real tree, sang "let it grow." And we smiled broadly when we heard what we had read so many years ago: that when the environment is threatened, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not."

It's still a meaningful, timely message. Thanks, Dr. Seuss.

Peggy Schmidt is a retired Sunday News staff writer. Email her at

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