Parker County Today November 2017 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor Horton Hears a Narcissist  I 4 Photo by Megan Parks n a world that’s mostly rude, how does one effectively handle the mass of discourteous people? It’s a problem that everyone whose “mama raised ‘em right,” deals with almost daily. Living in Parker County, I feel pretty insulated from the lion’s share of the bad behavior of the rude, angry throngs that are indicative of the rest of the world. Let’s face it, most people who live in Parker County are here because they want to live and raise their children in a kinder, gentler community.  Do you find yourself wanting to summon your mother to deal with the Rudies, so she could deal with them the way she dealt with you whenever you were a smart-mouthed preteen and you “copped an attitude,” used “Barn-Talk,” or “smarted off?” I do — often. I find myself envisioning my tiny mother (she was 4 feet, 11 inches tall) attacking the Rudies and washing out their mouths with soap.  At the moment, the Rudie I’d most like to see my mom deal with is Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, Librarian Liz Phipps Soeiro. Until a couple of months ago, most of us were blissfully oblivious to the exis- tence of Ms. Soeiro. That all changed in early September when First Lady Melania Trump donated a collec- tion of Dr. Seuss books to public school libraries across the nation in celebration of National Read a Book Day. One public school in each state was chosen to receive the gift of 10 books, including “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”  Most of the librarians working for schools selected to receive the books were gracious and appreciative. I’m guessing that most of them wrote some sort of thank-you note. The books Ms. Trump donated were classic, funny, inspiring, and best of all, free of charge. What elementary school librarian wouldn’t want that collection? Apparently, Ms. Soeiro. She not only sent the books back, she chose to use the opportuni- ty to send a rud