When I was younger my favourite children’s book was Frederick, the mouse.
I loved how he was sitting in the sunshine while all the other mice were collecting grains and nuts for winter.
When they asked him, what he was doing he said “I ‘m collecting colours and sunshine for a long winter”
During winter he was the one who told stories about summer, he painted pictures in vivid, bright colours – and made his fellow mice very happy. Especially when they had no provisons left. Frederick’s stories warmed them and kept them safe until spring.
I still love Frederick’s story – because I believe we all need in our communities not only the workers, we also need storytellers and artists.
We need the colours and the rays of sunshine in dark winter nights.