He was quoted as stating that it was the easiest book he’d ever written except for the conclusion. Suess said: “I got hung up getting the Grinch out of the mess. I got into a situation sounding like a second rate preacher or some biblical truism. In desperation, without making any statement, I show the Grinch and the Whos together at the table and made a pun of the Grinch carving the roast beast. I had gone through thousands of religious choices, and after 3 months it came out like that.”
Theodor himself inspired the story. On December 26th at the age of 53 (the same age as the Grinch) he caught his frown in the mirror. Apparently the materialism of it all caused him to snarl with a sneer. I know people who would say they hate Christmas for the same reason — but they don’t really find joy in others either.
I get the Grinch’s plight. When my daughter and son-in-law were trudging through the snow of infertility, I hated the noise of pregnancy announcements. All that bragging makes the heart shrink with envy. It’s loud and annoying.
One reminder after another.
Every year another mother!
I will not wear my dancing shoes.
I can not stand your happy news!
And Christmastime is the worst! Theodor was feeling it the day after Christmas. The sour reality that life on earth is a succession of losses! It’s lonesome and bloody, and we are all desperate to find our own happy ending. In terms of our condition, it is a very long distance to the banquet — which is why it’s so puzzling. But instead of simply receiving the invitation to sit, Theodor pens another Christmas slogan. “Heart to heart and hand in hand.” Blah, blah, blah…that’s the real noise I’m actually sick of hearing!
Tell me the truth! That winning only comes through the Resurrection! We can sing and have unsurpassing joy because of the hope that is set before us! Theodor settled on Whoville because it takes no faith to believe in what you can see.
So why was Theodor Suess unwilling to hear the voice of clemency at the brink of his life?
It might have been that his sales were too high.
Or perhaps he was compelled to lie.
No one can really know the reason.
But whatever the excuse, his sales or reviews…
Theodor Suess has missed his cue.