Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The One With the Walk on the Wild Side

I change my bloggy skin fairly often. I must admit, I like it here in the blog. It is its own world. It has certain, shall we say, advantages over the real world… for instance, it is always clean here, and if I leave for a couple of hours and then come back, SURPRISE! It’s still clean. Not so in my real house. I would love to decorate my house, but I find it prohibitively expensive. But here in my blog, I can slipcover, reupholster… even using this particular fabric that looks like it costs $85 a yard… and the cost to redecorate? $0. Take that, Mastercard. At that price, I can afford to change my blog every time I change my mind.

I probably won’t keep this “skin” for long. It is really a lot to take in. But as I was browsing through blog decorating land (this one is from www.shabbyblogs.com), I saw it and just had to try it on. And when I did, I found myself transported, somehow. There was something about it that reminded me of a favorite book, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. It was though in my room a forest grew… and grew… until the ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around. I am just waiting for the ocean to tumble by, with a private boat just for me, so that I can sail through night and day, and in and out of weeks and almost over a year… to where the wild things are.

I enjoyed Where the Wild Things Are as a child, but I enjoy it even more as an adult with a Max of my very own. Every one of my boys has had a little Max in him. Sometimes more than a little. Last July Skippy was about to turn five, and the day before his birthday, a package arrived from Amazon.com. It was a beautiful hardcover edition of Where the Wild Things Are for Skippy from his missionary brother, Casey. There was a card inside. It read: “To: Skippy (The Wild Thing). Have a Happy Birthday. Eat lots of cake. And cause lots of mischief… just as long as you’re wearing a wolf suit. Love you much. From Casey (The Original Max).”




I think we’ll just walk on the wild side for a couple of days... cause some mischief... eat lots of cake. I might even get out my wolf suit.


7 comments:

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

I love the BOOK and the BLOG, nothing funner than a good redo. Out with the old and in with the new. I may just have to come sit for a spell and relax . . .

Kristin

Carolyn said...

I like it. I liked the other one from earlier too. I just don't prioritize the looks of my blog. I need to. But I keep waiting until I can do a cool photoshop header. But that is just not happening.

Sam said...

Sam has a cool shirt of Max, just like your photo. He gets more compliments on it. It is pretty awesome.

I love the new background, so NON-SCRAPPY.

Debbie said...

I'm with you on the blog and the real world. Ahhhh clean. I need a little of that lately.
I wanna go see that movie. Hubby saw me looking at yoru blog (and those pictures) and leaned over to see what I was doing.

Victoria said...

Debbie... of course he had to see... he is an artist, and Max was calling out to him:)

Shewinn8 said...

Actually I think that the redo is really nice and not too busy at all. And I am not usually a flower type gal. And yes it has a very Sendakish feel to it. Love his work!

Jake said...

That is probably my all time favorite children's book as well! I haven't read it in so long! I remember having a copy of it and reading it over and over, even before I knew how to read it. lol I wish I had that book today. Who knows what happened to it over time? I'll have to see the movie and see if it does the book justice. Great blog, Vic! :)