Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Some Thoughts on Maurice Sendak and North Carolina

Are there any children of the 80s not deeply impressed upon by Where the Wild Things Are? Rest in peace, Maurice Sendak. He passed away yesterday due to complications from a stroke. Also yesterday, the state of North Carolina passed an amendment banning gay marriage. The last time North Carolina made an amendment to their constitution regarding marriage, it was to ban interracial marriage. 

Maurice Sendak never told his parents he was gay. But he lived with his partner for 50 years. In New York, he could have been married. In North Carolina, it would have been illegal. I have a hard time even being able to move past that. 

Thanks for the memories, Maurice. 

“Certainly we want to protect our children from new and painful experiences that are beyond their emotional comprehension and that intensify anxiety; and to a point we can prevent premature exposure to such experiences. That is obvious. But what is just as obvious — and what is too often overlooked — is the fact that from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.” 

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