Tuesday, May 5, 2009

in the night kitchen

The older I get, the more challenged I am to get a good night's sleep. Tonight (or should I say morning) is one of those times. I woke up at 12:30 and tried to will myself back to sleep. When I rolled over and looked at the clock again, it was 1:30 and I knew the sweet embrace of sleep would elude me till the sun had risen and set once again.

So what do you do at 1:30 in the morning with 6 sleeping mice under your roof? You set up camp in the kitchen. I've done two loads of laundry, cooked up some chicken innards for my cats, chatted with a friend on facebook, downloaded a new CD, Venice is Sinking, and now I am baking a Sock-It-To-Me cake. (I think it's basically a coffee cake. I am using a recipe on the side of the Duncan Hines box.)

This made me think about the wonderful Maurice Sendak book, In the Night Kitchen.

Any self-respecting child of the 70s read this book, along with Sendak's most popular work, Where the Wild Things Are (although it was written in 1963). I have continued to be a fan of Sendak's art my whole life.

In the Night Kitchen is a story about Mickey and his late night dream-adventure with a trio of bakers (who look scarily like Oliver Hardy) in the kitchen. The book has met with some controversy because young Mickey is shown naked (oh my!). I personally don't believe in censorship, and think the artwork in this book is hardly offensive. The fact that Sendak wrote and illustrated it in 1970 makes it even less so.

For a generation raised before the shadow of 24/7 cartoons, we were like puppies waiting for a treat when it came to animated features. Weston Woods gave life to many of our favorite stories. Here is the video of In the Night Kitchen. It's seven minutes long, but worth it if you haven't seen it in a while. It was a nice diversion for me on this early, early morning.

I won't be making any Mickey cakes this morning but hopefully the mice will be pleased with fresh cake for breakfast!

1 comment:

  1. I saw your 1am comments on my blog but thought that must have been my time zone, I'm never sure how that works with mail. Nonetheless, I'm betting you'll be out by 7:15 tonight!


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