The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

It is brave to admit what you need, but sometimes you don’t even need to ask.

A year ago, a hug was just a hug, but now it is a wonderful, a marvelous thing.

Times change, and our needs change too. The BBC interviewed the author of The Boy, the Mole, and Fox, and the Horse in a video, and I am reminded how this slim book touched me when I first read it.

Some dismissed the book as empty calories, as saccharine and forgettable. I didn’t agree when I first read it a year ago. I disagree even more today. As a former student wrote yesterday: It’s been a year.

It’s been a year of illness and isolation, of struggle for many people working in dangerous conditions and without loved ones nearby, of honest words struggling to be heard.

This is one of those books like Winnie the Pooh and The Arrival and The Wolves in the Walls that I wish everyone read. 

“Sometimes,” said the horse.
“Sometimes what?” asked the boy.
“Sometimes just getting up and carrying on is brave and magnificent.”

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse 
by Charlie Mackesy
 

We could all use help about now—or those of us willing to ask.

There is no story here, but many gentle words of wisdom. And a mole who eats all the cake and then it happens again. And a fox. And a horse. 

When I was young there were inspirational books all over the place with seagulls and kindergarten. This is like that or better. And the illustrations!

Yesterday, a neighbor’s dog went astray during their walk. We could hear Tim calling and calling. Gary said, “I hear his tags—he’s that way.” Oscar had turned up a side street toward the highway. We could not see him, and I could not hear a thing, but Gary has better ears. He found Oscar in a yard fifty feet from the highway, walked around and shooed him past me. A minute and Oscar heard Tim’s call and went running. It was a good day.

Our sons were both musical in school. Choirs have become particularly touching to us. Another sort of faith from mine, but it speaks me:

6 thoughts on “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

    1. That is so true. I found a lab once halfway on my run to Tolovana. Gary met me, we drove it back to the old post office, and the owner cried. And many years ago, all our dogs were accidentally let out by a neighbor and they ran south on the highway all the way through the tunnel. Someone pulled over in their van, opened the slider and Taidi led all five right inside. They were used to traveling to good placed by van!

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  1. Antonio Machado said that there is no path—you must make your own path. So in a sense, there is no story—you must make your own story perhaps. One thing I know for sure is that a lost dog is not good—a found dog is good and I love happy endings.

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  2. A very nice book! On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 6:26 AM IMPERFECT PATIENCE wrote:

    > janpriddyoregon posted: ” A year ago, a hug was just a hug, but now it is > a wonderful, a marvelous thing. Times change, and our needs change too. The > BBC interviewed the author of The Boy, the Mole, and Fox, and the Horse in > a video, and I am reminded how this slim book t” >

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  3. Again, lovely website. Saw your conversation on Brevity with Allison K. Williams, so thought I’d drop by. Love the message. That’s what I want to be too when I grow up. Kind.

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