Personal Journey with “A Kis Herceg”

“A Kis Herceg” is the Hungarian version of the book “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

This book became a special read for 2 main reasons – friendship and inspiration.

My dearest friend loves “A Kis Herceg.” He had this book since he was a kid and Tita Lia had been reading it to him a lot of times while he was growing up. He knows the content by heart. I never knew this story until he read the book to me. He read it whenever we had time and we finished it in 3 days (Oct 29, Nov 3 and Nov 6).

Obviously, my friendship with Mr. Storyteller (his new pen name) took up a notch higher. And as I talk about  my personal journey with this book, it comes hand in hand that I thank him for introducing this to me.

This became a favorite because, as he said it, “I felt like you are closer to me and reading this book to you made our friendship even more special.” I agree. I never saw him happy. Reminiscing his childhood days somehow transported me to the years when the only joy he knows was a book read from her mom.

No guy ever read me a book. Even my dad did not, he told me stories but not read. He made an effort to translate the content in Hungarian to English so I can understand it. I have added this to the things I admire about him. I am forever thankful to him for this experience. It made my eyes and my heart swell.

I finally bought the book and read it to my daughter. She loved it too – because of the drawings. She might not understand now what the story means but as she grows older I know she will.

And lastly, the valuable lessons I learned from the little Prince.

Drawing Number 1

I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them. But they answered: “Frighten? Why should any one be frightened by a hat?” My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.

I thought this was a hat too, until I took a closer look. I always believed that a person is born good until he proves it otherwise. That’s my belief, but I am not perfect. There were a few times I misjudged people because of how they look and most of the time I was wrong.

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“It Will Come to Yah”

Aside from visiting places in Baguio, the last 2 Holidays (All Saints and All Souls) were spent reading. I went to Fully Booked with no particular author in mind. My eyes were glued to a novel titled “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini. I bought this thinking that it was full of jokes as I needed a good laugh. It was not. It’s more than that. I also learned that a movie adaptation was made in 2010.

I started reading the book. I know the protagonist, Craig, somehow. He reminded me a lot of a friend who from the age of 9 had been struggling with himself. He, same with Craig, is still struggling but is doing better. (Hugs my friend, I am just here!)

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story” for me is a kind of “wake-up” call book written with humor.  I smiled a lot when I was reading the book because I can see glimpses of him and flash backs of our conversations. At the same time, I got wonderful insights from the characters in the book..something that I can apply to myself, something that I can learn from. As Jimmy (a character in the book) always said, “Don’t worry! It will come to Yah!

Below were parts of the book that caught my attention mainly because it reminded me of my friend/thing’s we talked about and lines I loved from the book (rows 3-6).

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