Maurice Sendak, please don’t go!

Via on May 8, 2012

 “Please don’t go! We’ll eat you up, we love you so!”

Maurice Sendak, who abhored being known as a “kiddie book writer” was one of my lifelong favorites. We all know and love Where the Wild Things Are. What touched me most this morning was reading an excerpt of a letter Sendak had saved from one of the children who loved his work:


“Dear Mr. Sendak,” read one, from an 8-year-old boy. “How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

So from me, and from all of us at elephant:

“Dear Mr. Sendak, I hope you are now living where the wild things are. Your words will live on as we read them to our children and recount them to each other. For after all, you didn’t just write for children. You wrote for all of us that make this kind of mischief and that and won’t behave. You wrote for all of us that get lonely and want to be where someone loves us best of all. You wrote for all of us that have a wild thing inside. You wrote for all of us. Let the Wild Rumpus start!”

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


3 Responses to “Maurice Sendak, please don’t go!”

  1. Michelle Margaret Fajkus yoga freedom says:

    RIP, Maurice.

    I loved this quote shared by Street Yoga on facebook:

    “Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
    ― Maurice Sendak ♥

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