Maurice Sendak died today at age 83. I spent 45 incredible minutes listening to and wiping away tears from a tribute to Mr. Sendak on Fresh Air today: Sendak's comments to Terry Gross at the end should remind us all to live each day as if it were our last.
To see the more caustic side of Sendak, watch his recent interview with Stephen Colbert. This is the second part of the interview which is about children's literature.
Mr. Sendak, thank you for the wonderful illustrations in the Little Bear series. Those pictures helped me learn to be a parent. Thank you for Pierre and making it okay to say "I don't care" even if a certain child drove me nuts repeating it. May you "sail off through night and day and in and out of weeks to where the wild things are." Rest in peace.