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- March 28, 2009 by jasonact
- Can I go back to Where the Wild Things Are?
Shall we assume that children's behavior should always be nice and appropriate? Not so fast!
Recently I saw a trailer for the upcoming movie adaption of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. I immediately saw the artwork of the original book in my mind's eye. The muted, neutral tones and the perfect pencil lines. I felt the myrth of King Max's "rumpus", and saw the gnashing of the Wild Things' "terrible teeth". (I was thrilled when I learned that Kari had gone out and bought the book that day.)
When I think about that book, though, the biggest part of my memory goes to the feeling of liberation that I remember as Max found the freedom to be wild. He tried to be wild at home, but he only got in trouble. When he went to the Land of Wild Things, however, he could use his imagination to be as wild as he wanted. When he got lonely, though, he knew he could go home to his hot supper.
I realize that we don't always like it when our kids want to explore their wild side. We want them to behave, act right, not terrorize the dog or run in the house. While there is nothing wrong with those expectations, we also have to allow them to be wild sometimes. Being wild allows them to learn what they are capable of. They can feel free to resurrect their more base, animal instincts that most adults wish to suppress. Max found a way to do that in his world. But I want to do a better job of allowing my kids find it in theirs too.