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SoCS: Betcha By Golly Dr. Seuss Knew a Thing or Two

Our prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “golly gee.” Use “golly gee” or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy! Thanks, Linda!

Golly gee whiz! Gee willikers! Wiskers on a fish! Fish who can talk! Dr. Seuss knew all about them. So many things we have yet to see. After all, “the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” That’s one of my favorite quotes, but I don’t know who said it, right this minute.

Expressions of amazement like, golly gee, remind me of my dad and the 1960s. Sometimes he’d say,
“Holy Mackerel!” or “Holy Mackerel Andy!” Maybe it was in response to one of his children getting an A on a test. Maybe it was when he caught a big fish. Maybe when he saw something amazing on TV, in living color no less, like a giant horse or a flying saucer. No, something bigger, something fantastic! I can’t think of what that would be right now. But the TV is on now (Friday night) and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is coming on, so we go back to Dr. Seuss.

I like the animated version of The Grinch better than the one with actors. I guess there’s a nostalgia in the sweet singing of the Whos down in Whoville. A lot happened in those 30 minutes. My favorite line is the one about,

Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more.

Something like that.

Those old expressions of amazement are lots of fun, they’re the cat’s meow, a real humdinger, like that Dr. Seuss guy.

The first song I thought of when I read the prompt was “Betcha By Golly Wow, by the Stylistics. It doesn’t get much smoother than this. 1972. Golly, that was a year to remember! My high school sweetheart left me standing there for the long and winding road so we could both grow up and grow up some more, till the time was right for another Betcha by Golly Wow.

Thanks to our Stream of Consciousness Saturday host Linda Hill for this fun prompt! For rules and more streams, visit Linda’s post here.



The Grinch had an epiphany when he couldn’t stop Christmas from coming by stealing the presents. He realized there must be more to Christmas when her heard the Whos down in Whoville singing without any presents at all. As the Dr. Seuss story goes,  his heart grew three sizes that day!

When I’ve listened to people talk about “getting through the holidays” or that they will be glad when the holidays are over, I’m just a bit saddened. It’s understandable to want the holidays to be over if you are grieving the loss of a loved on, and if that’s the case, my heart goes out to you wishing you peace and healing. My wish for all of us is that we could move beyond the frenzy of  shopping for things we buy from a store (though don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about my new camera) and beyond all the special events and obligations that can be tiring while at the same time joyful.

I admire the traditions of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa with multiple days of celebration based on worthwhile principles. Perhaps we can celebrate these holy days of the season of Christmas: the days leading to the season of Epiphany. The 12th day of Christmas comes on the Eve of Epiphany.  In the church calendar,  The Feast of Epiphany corresponds with the discovery of Jesus by the  three wise men.  It’s when we celebrate the revelation of God as a human being in Jesus Christ.

Let us allow the joy and love of these holy days to fill our hearts with peace. Perhaps the best is yet to come!

Art by Mary Engelbreit