A month has gone by since the passing of Maurice Sendak, legendary author and illustrator. This weekend, we finally caught up on reading our pile of New Yorkers and stumbled across Marianna Cook’s Postscript, Wild Things, which is quite sad, almost devastating. Cook’s Postscript condenses an interview from 2009 into a two column piece leaving us without hope and ending with his words saying, “Do you believe it when people say they’re happy?”
Although Cook accurately portrayed his inner psyche, our hearts joyfully remember his writings from childhood. We remember WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and CHICKEN SOUP WITH RICE and we’d like to honor his memory from that perspective. So, to Mr. Sendak, we’d like to say thank you for writing honest books for children.
“. . .from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.”
Thank you for exploring not only the happy parts of childhood, but the sad, scary, and real parts, too. Thank you for inspiring our dreams of dress up, sailing for over a year in and out of weeks, and wild rumpuses. You will be missed, and some day, when we’re reading WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE to our own children, we’ll think of you and dance like the Wild Things again.