I remember when I first came across The Heart and the Bottle. I was in a bookstore looking for a few new picture books. I’ve been a fan of Oliver Jeffers for years; his writing style and the way he illustrates has always spoken to me. However, this book spoke to me on a whole new level.
The story revolves around a little girl, who after an overwhelming loss decides to take her heart out and put it in a bottle. She hopes to keep it safe from pain. As time goes on she begins to realize that without her heart she has become numb to the world around her. As a result, she can’t feel or enjoy anything. The problem is she doesn’t know how to get her heart out of the bottle.
As I read this book to myself, tears welled in my eyes. I could (and still can) relate so much to this little girl. My heart is definitely in a bottle; in a safe place but I feel numb to the world. I’ve dealt with so much hurt, I’m still not sure if I want my heart back. Feelings can be so painful. But even if I wanted it back, like the little girl I don’t know how to get my heart out again.
Can you relate to The Heart and the Bottle? Any advice for me? Here is a simple art piece I made because of the book.
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