Sharing is tough, especially when it comes to Mother Nature. With greed and technology controlling the town of Thneedville, there’s no natural foliage in sight. Instead, inflatable trees and flowers line the yards of the Thneedville people. Due to the lack of trees, the people of Thneedville also believe that they need to buy fresh air from their their corrupt mayor, O’Hare.
To Ted, a 12 year old boy, this is pretty normal. In fact, artificial is all that he knows. That is, until the love of his life informs him of the one true gift that she most desires: a Truffula tree. Since Thneedville is devoid of trees, Ted must travel out of town to find the mysterious Once-ler, a recluse who could lead him to this mystical tree. Upon meeting the Once-ler, Ted learns about the fall of Mother Nature, and the sad departure of the Lorax, guardian of the forest in which Truffula trees and adorable forest creatures lived.
At the end of his cautionary tale, the Once-ler gives Ted a seed left by the Lorax. Ted rushes home, and plants the single seed, restoring to Thneedville the beauty and splendor that is Mother Nature.
While The Lorax movie brings dire insight into what our future could hold for us, it also gives us a seedling of hope that 1 person can truly make a big difference. Which brings us to today’s question: Did you know that 1 is an odd number?
There are 2 types of numbers: even, and odd. Even numbers can be divided evenly into 2 groups, whereas odd numbers cannot. If you have 11 marshmallows to be shared between 2 forest animals, you will notice that one will have an extra marshmallow compared to the other. This is because 11 is an odd number. However, if you have 10 marshmallows instead, each forest animal would have an even amount of 5 marshmallows. This shows that 10 is an even number.
In general, odd numbers are 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and anything that ends with those numbers. For example, 11, 23, 35, 47 and 59 are all odd numbers. Even numbers are 2, 4, 6, 8, 0, and anything that ends with those numbers. Such instances would be 12, 24, 36, 48 and 50.
But wait, what do odd and even numbers have to do with The Lorax?
At the start of his story, the Once-ler called the Lorax a “weirdo” because of his belief that the Once-ler was ruining nature. Still, it was the Lorax that gave the Once-ler and the people of Thneedville a second chance. So if you’ve ever felt like the odd 1 out in any situation, don’t worry; being odd is actually a good thing! As the great Dr. Seuss once said, “You have to be odd to be number 1.”
Plant that seed, and let it grow. For all you know, you’re the hope that the future holds.