When our daughter, Megan, was born, our agent at the time sent her a bundle of children’s book classics. Among them was Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. It was always one of my personal favorites and when Megan was old enough to sit up and hold books, she often paged through this one. Even though she couldn’t read then, the visual feast of the illustrations was enough to hold her rapt attention. We still have the book, tucked away on a shelf in the back bedroom.
The other day, I dropped by DJan’s blog and found this wonderful You Tube video about Sendak – one of the last radio interviews he did, with Terry Gross of Fresh Air. He died last year at the age of 83, a talented man who, as DJan said, taught her where the wild things are. Taught all of us.
The video is a tribute to Sendak by the New York Times; artist Christopher Niemann did the drawings you’ll see in the video. It’s a moving interview and reminds me to do what Sendak suggested: “Live your life, live your life, live your life…”