Start out celebrating Once-ler’s birthday the right way.
I just pictured one of us kneeling by his bed side and saying…
“Good Morning, Oncie.”
Then he rolls over.
“It’s your birthday.”
“The creatures of the forest helped us making something for you.”
“Sleeping…. body’s way… ta… Just go awahay.”
“Please wake up. We made a marshmallow, mint, pancake cream cake, and we set up a picnic party by the waterfall. Just for you. “
He sits up, and looks confused.
“Happy Birthday, Once-ler.”
He leans over the bed, and extends his arms for a hug. He holds it for awhile, and you don’t understand why the air was suddenly so thick and emotional.
He muttered in your ear, “I’ve never had a birthday celebration before.”
Something wet hits your shoulder, and you realize he’s tearing up. He pulls away from the hug, and wipes his eyes with sleeve.
“My mom always said it was too expensive, but we gave her birthday parties…”
Then the Lorax jumped through the window, and landed in the Once-ler’s lap. The Once-ler winced at the impact, and seeds from the Lorax’s bag spilled everywhere.
He shouted, “EARTH DAY. Time to go planting! Want to join me after your birthday breakfast, beanpole?”