Robins decided to build their nest in the climbing roses on the front porch, and to be honest, at first I thought they were pretty dumb. Between the dogs, mailman, neighbors, friends etc coming in and out all the time, it didn't seem a terribly peaceful place to have some chicks.
But then I realized those dang birds are geniuses. Not only are they in a spot that is protected from wind and rain, but everything else too since the front porch is now CLOSED for the duration and anyone who wants in the house will have to come around back.
Gus can open a zipper. He can open a pedal garbage can and use a chair to jump on top of the dining table to steal a waffle (they were some good waffles so who can blame him). He can lift a dozen eggs out of a grocery bag, carry them to another room, and eat them without making a mess.
Terry Gross: Can you share some of your favorite comments from readers that you've gotten over the years?
Maurice Sendak: Oh, there's so many. Can I give you just one that I really like? It was from a little boy. He sent me a charming card with a little drawing. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters – sometimes very hastily – but this one I lingered over. I sent him a postcard and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, "Dear Jim, I loved your card." Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, "Jim loved your card so much he ate it." That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.