King of Kindness


Max Recracker


Kindness makes a difference … and you may not receive anything in return for your kindness – but don’t let that stop you being kind.  We all know how good it feels when we experience kindness.  And how on a bad day, it can turn things around. Revive our faith in the world.  And it’s not always obvious who’s struggling.  And if you are, coming up against someone who is being unkind can feel like the last straw.  And that straw isn’t always outwardly visible.  So it’s just safer for everyone if we all just be kinder.


(Clunk & Jam Second Edition, 2019.  Reposted from January, 2022)

When the wild things contemplate eating little Max in his wolf suit, he tells them they can’t eat him because he’s a king.  “But you’re so small.”  they reply.

On the subject of small Max explains….”Small is good.  My powers are able to slip right through the cracks.”  “But what if the cracks are closed up?” say the wild things.  “Then I have a re-cracker that goes right through that.”  “But what if they have some sort of material that re-crackers can’t get through?” “Then I have a double re-cracker that can get through anything in this whole universe and that’s the end.  And there’s nothing more powerful after that – ever.  Period.”

When Max tells the wild things he can make everything right they enquire; “What about loneliness?  Will you keep out all the sadness?”  Max reassures them he has, ” a sadness shield that keeps out all the sadness.  It’s big enough for all of us.”

Footnote:  From movie, ‘Where the wild things are’ adapted from a book of the same name written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.