A friend who sends me surprises in the mail (snail mail) from time to time, did it again just yesterday. It was a double surprise because she had just sent me something a week ago and I didn’t expect another so soon. It was done on purpose because she’s a bit of a trickster from the fairy realm, a beautiful one at that, and the wings you can make out just barely if you squint a little, but there’s no mistaking that mischievous gleam in her eye.

She often tucks in some money for hay for the horses. This time her gift included a book, a children’s book,… or maybe not? Frederick, by Leo Lionni. Do you remember it? It’s about a mouse, an unproductive mouse. I’m not going to tell you the story, it’s for you to discover. It’s a quick read and you can seek it out at your local bookstore. Pick it up and read it while still in the store, then buy it to send to a friend.

It’s written for those in this world who are dreamers, artists or otherwise, who aren’t behaving in the expected way. In the words of Bruno Bettelheim, “…A story about the glory of the human spirit.”

Off you go on a treasure hunt. I will be curious to know what you think of it.

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