By Christopher Burnett, Composer

“Oh The Places You’ll Go!”

“Oh The Places You’ll Go!” By Dr. Seuss is the central focus of the post dedicated to the loving memory of our mother, Violet Lorraine Jackson Burnett (Februrary 24, 1924 – May 8, 2012), who also became our good friend. Click the title or links in this post to see the original thread.

Although published by Dr. Seuss in 1990, well after all of us siblings had long since embarked upon life on our own, the sentiment of this work is parallel to that of our mom – from my perspective, of course.

Cb performing jazz with the Hof Symphony Orchestra | 1979

Mom lived with T and my family for five years immediately after she retired as a Counselor from the Osawatomie State Hospital. She literally had her own floor in the lower section of the house we built in Waynesville, Missouri and had no expenses to deal with.

We were still an active duty military family posted as the Enlisted Bandleader with the Army band based at Fort Leonard Wood. So, Mom was able to recall military life again. She even traveled to visit Virginia and Washington DC with our family during this period. It was really cool to hear Mom say: “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime!”, as she sat on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital.

Our children directly benefitted from the fact of getting to know their grandmother on such an intimate and direct level.


This work reminds me of mom and her encouraging words … enjoy the words or watch the video if you prefer. They are both celebrations of sorts, as was our mother’s life – ultimately.

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[excerpt]
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
[/excerpt]
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She made each of us feel as though we could move mountains, and most of us have done so.

She equipped us for this journey.

A fact I learned to appreciate more each day.

Thanks again, I love you, mom!

Peace, Cb

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DOWNLOAD: VIOLET LORRAINE JACKSON BURNETT MEMORIAL BROCHURE

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