Misty water coloured memories

I remember reading a book, as a kid, about a mouse who spent the whole summer storing up music and stories while the other mice were gathering nuts. They have him a hard time because he wasn't contributing. But then in the long winter when the nut supply ran low and everyone was grumpy and hungry he sang for them and told stories. And the other mice realised that there was value in that kind of 'storing up' too.

I wish I could remember the title or the author because I'd like to read it again. But the story, the idea, came back to me the other day when I was thinking about memories and stories and why we do what we do. I think we take photos as a kind of storing away for the winter. Knowing that winters come we feel compelled to save the memories of sunshine...we store them up in our phones and our harddrives and hopefully in books and albums too. So our snippets of sunshine can warm up winters for years and years to come.

 

 

Comments

Britta
5:31pm 14th September 2011

The book is called 'Frederick' by Leo Lionni - I loved it, too!

Nicola Inglis
5:34pm 14th September 2011

Yes, that's it! Thank you so much Britta!!

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