The patient pedagogical work of Gates Millenium Scholar Dr. Estrella Torrez, “assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University” whose “scholarship centers on language politics and the importance of community-based knowledge, particularly among rural migrant families and urban Indigenous youth,” is a significant indirect cause of this post.
Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters — sometimes very hastily — but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card 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 Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it.
Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth!
–Maurice Sendak, accessed at goodreads