Maurice Sendak, author and illustrator, is best known for Where the Wild Things Are. And he has a new book, which is so exciting.
But I don’t know if any of his books [which i love dearly dearly] will ever have the same affect on me that his interview from today’s Fresh Air has had… how it grabbed me… shook me:
Please listen. It is so beautiful. So sad. So real. So raw. So precious. The frailty of life. The meaning of love. The meaning of living. The meaning of loss. The meaning of losing. The meaning of missing.
I listened today, while I worked, and I started crying… could not help myself. Tears streaming.
I had to get up to go find a tissue. Passed someone I’ve met once before, said “hi” through tears, saw the confusion in his eyes, no time to explain, no need, just confusion and a need for a tissue.
But when I got back to my desk and worked for a little more, had a meeting, came back to my desk and had to come back to this interview… listen again. It feels too beautiful, too valuable… I was scared to forget any part of it. And I cried again. Even harder.
When someone is caught in the beauty of their own tragedy, it’s hard not to think it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.
And that’s how I feel about this. About Maurice Sendak.
The line that gets me every time I listen to it… that brings the tears…
“And almost certainly I’ll go before you go… so I won’t have to miss you.”