Sunday, September 23, 2012


At Cheekwood, on my birthday- September 22, 2012...

I found where the wild things are!

Cheekwood Botanical Gardens & Museum consistently impresses me with their artistic exhibitions. This September 22, I spent my birthday among scarecrows, pumpkins, trains, and- wild things. 

All scarecrows were creatively crafted, but one of my favorite childhood books caused me to list two of them at the top of my must-see list! If you missed out on seeing The Treehouse Exhibit, don't miss this newest Scarecrow & Harvest showing! After all, haven't you wondered where the wild things are?

“There should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen”
― Maurice Sendek, Where The Wild Things Are

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“But the wild things cried, “Oh please don't go- We'll eat you up- we love you so!”
― Maurice Sendek, Where The Wild Things Are

Max: Did you make this?
Carol: Yeah, yeah.
Max: It's very good.

- Maurice Sendak, Where The Wild Things Are 

“And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”

Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

“Grown-ups desperately need to feel safe, and then they project onto the kids. But what none of us seem to realize is how smart kids are. They don’t like what we write for them, what we dish up for them, because it’s vapid, so they’ll go for the hard words, they’ll go for the hard concepts, they’ll go for the stuff where they can learn something. Not didactic things, but passionate things.”

-Maurice Sendak

“And Max, the king of all wild things, was lonely and wanted to be where someone loved him best of all.”
- Maurice Sendek, Where The Wild Things Are

“You cannot write for children. They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them. ”
―Maurice Sendak 

“Art has always been my salvation. And my gods are Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Mozart. I believe in them with all my heart. And when Mozart is playing in my room, I am in conjunction with something I can’t explain — I don’t need to. I know that if there’s a purpose for life, it was for me to hear Mozart. Or if I walk in the woods and I see an animal, the purpose of my life was to see that animal. I can recollect it, I can notice it. I’m here to take note of. And that is beyond my ego, beyond anything that belongs to me, an observer, an observer.” -Maurice Sendak

The Bull: Hey, Max?
Max: Yeah?
The Bull: When you go home, will you say good things about us?
Max: Yeah, I will.
The Bull: Thanks, Max.
Judith: You're the first king we haven't eaten.
Alexander: Yeah, that's true.
Judith: See ya.
Alexander: Bye, Max.
Max: Bye.
KW: Don't go. I'll eat you up; I love you so.

* Each scarecrow at Cheekwood is sponsored by a civic or community organization.*

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