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.

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  1. mademoiselle a.

    …go ahead, make His day 🙂

  2. pt*:)

    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!

  3. Julia

    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.

  4. wendy

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

  5. shokufeh

    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.

  6. Jen Sebastian

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

  7. Bianca

    Touching story and lovely picture!
    Enjoy your blessings!

  8. jen

    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.

  9. Gayla

    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.

  10. Steph

    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.

  11. rachael

    wow. what great detail.. beautiful shot – it looks like heaven.
    Where The Wild Things Are was my favorite book as a kid. 🙂

  12. Donavan

    Your necklaces look good enough to eat.
    You are pretty delicious too…
    I am eating my keyboard right now…
    Tastes just like chicken!

  13. Eva

    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 🙂

  14. angela

    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.

  15. penelope

    If I could eat your site, I would.

  16. Jen

    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.

  17. fert

    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.

  18. jenn

    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.

  19. paisley

    that is one of the most wonderful things i’ve ever read!! – ever!!

  20. samin

    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.

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