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The Thneed

IMG_1461I’m being quite useful. This thing is a Thneed.
A Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need!
It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat.
But it has OTHER uses. Yes, far beyond that.
You can use it for carpets. For pillows! For sheets!
Or curtains!  Or covers for bicycle seats!”


In Dr. Seuss’ beloved story, the Lorax, one of the main character’s creates a highly versatile object knitted from the foliage of a “truffle tree.” Thneeds can take on a variety of forms being used as a shirt, a sock, a glove, a hat, a pillow, a hammock, a canary nest and so much more!

Why am I writing about a thneed? Because I own one. At least, it looks and acts like one. When Meghan, one of my daughter’s dearest friends, was learning to crochet, she made Kristin something for her birthday. It was a red “scarf” that had a uniquely short and stout shape. It sits like a tall collar when you wear it. I told Meghan, if you make me something, I ‘ll wear it from the pulpit when I preach. Of course she did and I wore it on one Sunday last year. My crocheted item had such a one-of-a-kind design that I wasn’t sure how to wear it. When I asked Meghan, “Am I supposed to wear it like this or like this or like this (placing it on different parts of my body)?” She said, “Exactly.”

When I left pastoral ministry to join seeJesus, I promised Meghan that wherever I traveled, I would take at least one selfie with my thneed on. Below is a few places it’s been to. The first is in Pennsylvania at the seeJesus headquarters. The next one is in Canada at a church I was serving. The third is at the Seattle airport and the final one is in Kathmandu.

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When Meghan heard Sonia was coming with me to Nepal, she rushed to make Sonia a thneed as well. So, we each took one with us on our journey. During the conference in Pokhara, I left the thneeds on the seeJesus book table and invited the missionaries to take selfies with the thneeds. The top two most creative selfies would get a prize from the table. I wasn’t sure if anyone would participate, but I found missionaries like to have fun too! Below are just a few of the submissions. The last two (eye-thneed & jellyfish thneed) was the winner that Sonia and I chose. And the very last picture was the winner that the crowd chose. It was so cool looking, I though it could be on an album cover.

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If you’re interested in purchasing a thneed, sorry, they are not available for order. Mine is one of a kind and Sonia’s is as well. I guarantee you there is nothing else like them on the planet. Thanks Meghan!

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