We’re knocked out by this animated clip Christophe Niemann illustrated from Terry Gross’ last interview with Maurice Sendak, a year before he passed away. It is four minutes of wise, achingly tender words about the blessings of age from the 80-year-old author of Where the Willd Things Are:
There’s something I’m finding out as I’m aging — that I am in love with the world…I look right now, as we speak together, out my window in my studio, and I see my trees, my beautiful, beautiful maples that are hundreds of years old. And you see I can see how beautiful they are. I can take time to see how beautiful they are.
It is a blessing to get old. It is a blessing to find the time to do the things, to read the books, to listen to the music…
Our friend Maureen Rolla turned his words into a blessing:
With homage to Maurice, I hope you will have time to…
– Enjoy the trees outside your window
– Write, draw, or make something artful
– Remember your friends, living and dead
– Most of all, “Live your life. Live your life. Live your life.
I still think the same way I thought as a child. I still worry. I’m still frightened… Nothing changes.