If there is one thing I have learned on my art and writing journey it is this: there is no shortage of opportunities. The tricky thing is navigating which opportunities to take and which ones to let pass by. I wish I had a foolproof method on deciphering where each should be filed, but I suppose that would make like too easy, er, I mean boring.
And so we keep on pressing forward. Letting waves crash down upon us or swimming our way over them. Then, when we see the perfect wave, we hope it carries us far.
A couple of months ago I posted on a Facebook group asking for recommendations on picture books that combine humor with beautiful illustrations. One member recommended the book FREDERICK and I was immediately drawn to it because I had just had a baby two months prior and we named him Frederick.
When I was pregnant I was not a fan of the name, but my husband kept insisting that he just KNEW that was his name. So I went with it (besides, I couldn’t think of a name I liked any better!) Fast forward two months after Fred was born I learned about this book and I immediately set off to find it.
The story FREDERICK is about a family of mice busily collecting food for winter. But one, named Frederick, looks as though he isn’t doing a single thing to help out. When his family asks him why he sits around all day he replies by saying he is collecting sun rays, colors, and words. They ignore him and continue their work. Winter comes and after some time they run out of supplies. They are cold, hungry, and discouraged. So they ask Frederick to share his supplies. He tells them to close their eyes and he reminds them of the warm sun, wonderful colors, and tells them a beautiful story about the seasons.
This year has been a really difficult one for my family and, in short, it’s been a very long winter. Then my Frederick was born. He is so peaceful and sweet and even though he doesn’t look like he’s doing much, he has brought so much joy to our home. He is my little winter mouse bringing all the warmth, color, and words into my soul. My husband was right; Frederick really is the perfect name for this little guy. ❤