On the last day of my visit, Jules catches me looking out from the balcony and says that I remind her of Frederik the mouse: storing up memories to take back with me. When she was pregnant her midwife reminded her of this story and told her to store up memories of good times so that when hard times come the family have something to fall back on, something to warm them up inside. She says that this advice reminded her to keep her perspective when things were difficult and to appreciate wonderful things while they were happening, to notice the beauty around her.
Before we left for the bus, Jules hands me a small tupperware container. 'This is your Frederiken', she said, 'the flower for beauty, the lavender for smell and the tomato for taste. Now you have something to take back with you, to remind you.'
|Store up beauty in our hearts for when we need it|
Thank you for the reminder, these memories will keep me warm through the days where it feels like winter in my heart. I can still smell the lavender now....
What would be in your Frederiken?