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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