“Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, “Jim loved your card so much he ate it.” That to me was one of the highest compliments I’ve ever received. He didn’t care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.”
– Maurice Sendak
During a walk I saw a discarded umbrella through a hole in the wall. As I hit the button to take the picture a wild cat photobombed the shot. It was such a joyous, wonderful surprise.
That moment made me think of the story about the boy who was so excited about getting a letter from the children’s book author Maurice Sendak he ate it.
That reminded me of John Lennon’s quote: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
Thanks to the kitty cat for the photobomb, for reminding me that life can be full of joyous, wonderful surprises, that excitement can be gobbled, and when we grow up happiness is the key to life.