The Heart and the Bottle: A Tender Illustrated Fable of What Happens When We Deny Our Difficult Emotionsby Maria PopovaA gentle reminder of what we stand to lose when we lock away loss.
Feeling unsure, the girl thought the best thing was to put her heart in a safe place.Just for the time being.So she put it in a bottle and hung it around her neck.And that seemed to fix things … at first.
Although, in truth, nothing was the same.She forgot about the stars… and stopped taking notice of the sea.She was no longer filled with all the curiosities of the world and didn’t take much notice of anything…
The bottle couldn’t be broken. It just bounced and bounced … right down to the sea.But there, it occurred to someone smaller and still curious about the world that she might know a way.
The heart was put back where it came from. And the chair wasn’t so empty anymore.