February 24, 2004

Good enough to eat

Sutro Baths, Ocean Beach, Digital Rebel

Matt told me a beautiful (true) story that has always stuck with me.

A little boy (maybe 5 years old) wrote to Maurice Sendak telling him how much he loved his books, his drawings, everything about him. As you might imagine, Sendak gets a lot of fan mail, but he was so moved by this one that he wrote the boy back and enclosed an original drawing, just for him.

The boy was so overjoyed when he received the drawing that he ate it, the entire thing, every last shred of pulp and ink.

His mom wrote back to the author, telling him the story. Sendak was thrilled, saying that that was the greatest compliment he had ever received.

If only I could tell god that I want to eat his ocean and warm glowy light.

Posted on February 24, 2004 08:34 AM

oh dear, that is the most wonderful story i have ever read. and just today i was considering starting to write children's books. i love little people!

thank you for this wonderful story.

Posted by: samin at March 1, 2004 03:58 PM

that is one of the most wonderful things i've ever read!! - ever!!

Posted by: paisley at February 26, 2004 06:06 PM

I so get what your saying... I am so in love with my niece natalie. I had no idea I was not experiencing love to it's complete compasity until she was born. Her every move makes me love her even more.

Posted by: jenn at February 26, 2004 03:12 PM

i've just stumbled upon your blog and i'm sitting here, at work, about to cry because that story and your photo are so beautiful. thank you.

Posted by: fert at February 26, 2004 10:32 AM

Wow - what a gorgeous picture. I must go visiting to San Francisco someday. I've only been to the other two states on the West Coast. How gorgeous. I live on an island and the most dramatic landscape out here is the GayHead clay cliffs. Beautiful, but it doesn't compare to this picture.

I want to eat my nephew up. He is at the age where everything he does is pure perfection. Everything he says, the way he runs - it is all too much adorableness(is this a word?) packaged into one little guy.

Posted by: Jen at February 25, 2004 02:29 PM

If I could eat your site, I would.

Posted by: penelope at February 25, 2004 11:53 AM

reading this, the first thought that came to mind...

the sun, with all those planets revolving around it

and dependent on it,

can still ripen a bunch of grapes

as if it had nothing else

in the universe to do.


this was the most perfect reminder, on a day like today.

Posted by: angela at February 25, 2004 09:26 AM

Hi A, it looks like you are hooked on your new camera. Since you bought it you post daily. Which is great. As well as stories you share with us :)

Posted by: Eva at February 25, 2004 07:33 AM

That is the GREATEST story!

Posted by: french toast girl at February 25, 2004 06:55 AM

Your necklaces look good enough to eat.

You are pretty delicious too...

I am eating my keyboard right now...

Tastes just like chicken!

Posted by: Donavan at February 25, 2004 01:08 AM

wow. what great detail.. beautiful shot - it looks like heaven.

Where The Wild Things Are was my favorite book as a kid. :)

Posted by: rachael at February 24, 2004 09:50 PM

What a great story! I just wanted to thank you for sharing it. I'm a huge fan of children's literature, and it's always great to hear that someone who has "made it" is still a nice person with a good sense of humor.

Posted by: Steph at February 24, 2004 09:11 PM

Gorgeous photo! Years ago we travelled to San Francisco and I went to walking around the Sutro Baths by myself. I loved it so much and was so happy I couldn't help singing to myself. Luckily I was alone so no one to witness my crazies.

This picture makes me wish I could go there right now.

Posted by: Gayla at February 24, 2004 06:28 PM

maybe this scene was an original drawing from god straight to you, or for any eyes who adore pictures like these. i somehow think he already knows your love for the sweet ocean and yummy light.

Posted by: jen at February 24, 2004 05:57 PM

Touching story and lovely picture!
Enjoy your blessings!

Posted by: Bianca at February 24, 2004 05:44 PM

Thank you for the story and the beautiful picture. I so miss San Francisco and the ocean.

Posted by: Jen Sebastian at February 24, 2004 04:53 PM

I love that story and will share with my family - all of us are fans of Sendak, and fans of eating, but not fans of eating Sendak.
Last week, I wanted to eat cute kids.

Posted by: shokufeh at February 24, 2004 04:07 PM

i will take the sun in my mouth
and leap into the ripe air
alive : with closed eyes

- ee cummings

Posted by: wendy at February 24, 2004 02:38 PM

Wow Andrea, I was so moved by this story...How lovely it is that we can be so awed by all the beauty in the world, that we just want to "drink" it in. I think you have a "warm glowy light" all you own.... It shows in your beautiful photos, and in your colorful, emotional paintings, and in the fabulous jewels you create with such love and magic. Sharing yourelf with the world in so many creative ways, is such a gift to us all. Thank you.

Posted by: Julia at February 24, 2004 02:30 PM

Maurice Sendak has a special place in my heart...I love this story Matt told you! I can't wait to tell my son, who has never eaten paper! I think it will make him wonder for days...

Ps...I feel like that about my husband and my son...I want to eat them up, like loving them is not enough...My husband has said the same about our son. He may not say much about such things, but that said everything.

Pss....Cannibalism is pretty gross I admit, but there must be something ancient tied in with wanting to eat things uncommon!

Posted by: pt*:) at February 24, 2004 02:28 PM

...go ahead, make His day :)

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at February 24, 2004 02:23 PM