“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.”
“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”
I think we all want to feel as if some one loves us ‘best of all.’ May it sounds a bit selfish, but that feeling that you are loved by someone ‘best of all’ gives you a feeling of importance and security.
Sendak was an extremely gifted writer who according to the Los Angeles Time ‘Revolutionized the children’s genre. Washington Post said that Sendak “transformed children’s literature from a gentle playscape into a medium to address the psychological intensity of growing up.” While his passing is sad, his literary work will live on for children of all ages.
“And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in. You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? ‘L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle’?”
Her lips curled a little at the sides as she looked up at him. “I still don’t speak Italian.”
“It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso – Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.’ Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous, but that’s how I think of the way I love you. You came into my life and suddenly I had one truth to hold on to – that I loved you, and you loved me.”