Genuine Wild Things

*A little break today from the Mom’s Day posts that I’ve been doing this week. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know a Mother’s work is 24/7. Still.*

It never fails to amaze me when things in life happen in twos or threes. For example, I had never even heard of the book 50 Shades of Grey and then one week about a month ago, three friends mentioned it in the same week to me. And yes, I caved and it’s on my Kindle now. Not ready with a verdict on that one yet.

So yesterday, I opened my email only to find a message via my blog. It’s from Sandra of who, apparently really likes Daily Frosting, as she just bestowed a Sunshine AND Genuine Blogger award upon me. THAT’s a nice way to start the day, I can tell you that! If someone had been handing me a perfectly frothed cappuccino at that moment, then it would have been a total home run of an early morning. The one that struck me was the Genuine Blogger Award. I feel completely thrilled that this is how my blog is coming across to someone(s) out there. THAT is a home run. So, thank you very, very much Sandra (p.s.-I will devote a post in the coming days to the Awards and their “to-do” list. Promise)

And also in the news yesterday, at the pretty ripe age of 83, Maurice Sendak died. Ah, the Wild Things. And Max. And the Night Kitchen. And Chicken Soup and Rice. And those characteristically relatively-gloomy-yet-still-amazingly-striking illustrations of his. I, to this day, remember reading all the stories of Little Bear. One of my first forays into “chapter books”. Those pen drawings have always stuck with me. Now that I think about it, my own drawings in pen and ink look remarkably similar in style. Guess they stuck more than I even realized. How did he manage to get a bear and other animals to look so human and exude such feeling? Because he’s one of the illustration world’s greats, that’s why.

I read an article about him today (at Yahoo Finance)and I loved a few of the quotes he offered:

“…I write books that seem more suitable for children, and that’s OK with me. They are a better audience and tougher critics. Kids tell you what they think, not what they think they should think.”

“Kids don’t know about best sellers,” he said. “They go for what they enjoy. They aren’t star chasers and they don’t suck up. It’s why I like them.”

-and this was added about him, which I love…“Sendak stayed away from the book-signing bandwagon that many other authors use for publicity; he said he couldn’t stand the thought of parents dragging children to wait on line for hours to see a little old man in thick glasses”.

What jumped out from this article was it’s genuineness. Mr. Sendak did what he loved. He loved and respected his audience…kids. He loved that kids never sugar-coat anything. He also related to them in an astounding way. So, between the blog award for Genuine-ness and now reading Mr. Sendak’s great interview, I’m happy that this word has tumbled into my day from several different directions.

Genuine. It’s a good word.

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