On this day in 1964, Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree was published. As children’s classics go, this one is divisive: it is about noble self-sacrifice? Generosity turned to martyrdom, run amuck? Millennial parent burnout??? Silverstein himself said of the book, “It’s about a boy and a tree. It has a pretty sad ending.”
In honor of its publication anniversary, I will not be writing a hot take, but will instead offer an analysis based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, in an attempt to answer the eternal American question: Why does everyone want boats so badly?
Now, you are fulfilled.