A month or two ago one of my blogging friends commented about the children’s book Frederick by Leo Lionni. I had never heard of the book; upon learning this, my friend urged me to get it and read it tout de suite! (i.e., right away.) So that afternoon I requested a copy of the book from the library – then kind of forgot about it.
Earlier this week I received an email from the library stating that the book had arrived, and that I could pick it up any time. So Friday I made my way to the library, and checked out this sweet little book. I read about Frederick, a mouse who is a dreamer and a poet, and who knows that gathering up beauty and resilience to fortify himself during the long winter months is just as important as collecting food and hay.
Well. Yesterday, our city experienced the first snowfall of the season. As my sweetie and I carefully drove on slick roads, then faced strong winds and bone-chilling dampness, I thought of little Frederick – and of the friend who introduced him to me. The sweetness of both of these ‘characters’ brought a lovely smile to my lips. 🙂