"I can't wait to have kids, so we can play games and I can beat them."
After turning around and staring at our friend for a minute, we drove on*.
Needless to say, this is not why I wanted to have kids**.
I did it for the books.
For Winnie the Pooh.
For Goodnight Moon.
For The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
For Curious George.
For The Snowy Day.
For Green Eggs and Ham.
For the Little Mouse and the Red, Ripe Strawberry.
For Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
For The Phantom Tollbooth.
For the Wild Things.
Night after night, as I sat on the floor, turning pages and making growling noises and jumping the monsters up and down, pretending to be terrified of the ghoul in the dark dark room, doing silly voices, hearing my son yell "QUIET DOWN THERE!" with all his might, or my daughter whisper, "Happy once, happy twice, happy chicken soup with rice" in my ear, these already beloved books became so much more than words and pictures. They created magic between me and my children, and some of the best moments I've ever had being their mom.
And so, on this Mother's Day, I say thank you, Maurice Sendak. And all the other magicians out there.
|My Wild Thing, on her first Halloween|
** It's just a side benefit.