It is hard sometimes on bitter cold days to think warm weather will return even though we know it will. Cold weather always shocks the system and clears the head,scattering cobwebs that have taken up residence. Things seem to sharpen and crystallize on the brittle air, and a strange sense of invigoration takes hold. And yet…we long to feel the warmth of the sun seeping into our bones. Sunny summer days nourish us and we store up the warmth for the cold stretches of winter. In Leo Lionni’s Frederick, readers are shown how Frederick sets aside what he knows will be needed for winter in just this way. Setting aside portions of sun, and colors, and the feelings of summer to draw upon when needed. When I took this photograph, it seemed to me that this woman was doing just that so on cold winter days she too could call upon those stores to warm her soul.
May the warmth of other days come to warm your soul.