the elegance of the hedgehog.

‘contented sips of tea’

I highly recommend that you read ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ by Muriel Barbery. Another writer who captures those little beauties of life right there on the page. Every chapter is like an equisite hand-crafted, love-heart shaped chocolate. So many words of wisdom, such intelligent outlooks and so much beauty is contained within this amazingly inspiring book.

I love books. I love reading until I can no longer make sense of the words. I love waking up knowing that my journey to work will not only be spent bustling through crowds of hundreds and thousands of businessmen, but also spent reading my book. Whatever book that may be. This week it just happened to be The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and what a joyful reading week it has been.

This book took me back in time to visit my past. It made my boyfriend get grumpy with me for being too sentimental, too nostalgic (I blame the full-moon…always). But I couldn’t help it. Especially when I was reading the ‘summer rain’ section. I was instantly transported back in time to a summer of 16 year olds, beach parties, strawberry ribena on a grassy slope, barbequed haribo sweets on toast, skateboarding into a forest the moment the summer rain was let loose. A time of freedom, endless days of beauty, forever lasting.
I am a very nostalgic person, but I am slowly learning to love the present moment as much as the past. It’s just the past was so damn fun, and sometimes, being a working girl, well, it’s just not as fun.

I will now dedicate ten minutes everyday to capturing something beautiful. Of course it may take longer than ten minutes because sometimes everything is beautiful. But I believe there are tiny things lurking out there, just waiting to be seen for the beauty they contain. I want to see them. And then I will tell you, and even if you are having a terrible day, maybe you will also be able to imagine what I am seeing, and then maybe, just maybe, you will be content, just for a moment…or two.

 If all else fails, have some tea and cake and read ‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog.’

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