thank you! compliments are the nicest way to start the week :)
n. the surge of energy upon catching a glance from someone you like—a thrill that starts in your stomach, arcs up through your lungs and flashes into a spontaneous smile—which scrambles your ungrounded circuits and tempts you to chase that feeling with a kite and a key.
“And farewell to it, Mr. Sendak. The king of all the wild things is gone now. And let’s not kid ourselves, there is no happily ever after in a Sendak story. In Very Far Away, the cat, the sparrow, and Martin “lived together very happily” — “for an hour and a half.” Sendak achieved his happiness in the here and now, not the hereafter, and he achieved it not pure but mixed — delight shot through with darkness, like the sheen of a rainbow on a slick of oil: upsetting to parents, mesmerizing to kids. He is gone, and unlike the boomerang characters in his books (his one concession to childhood innocence), he will not return. One wants to send him off like a foreign king, in a boat on the water, fires blazing from floating lanterns all around, on a day when New York, seen squinting through the rain, could almost be made of bottles and kitchen mixers, with monsters and kids and former kids now mostly grown-up streaming along in a strange, joyful, mournful, noisy parade behind him: all of us together, helping to send Maurice Sendak, so to speak, to his room.”
- Kathryn Schultz | New York Magazine
Emphasis my own.