bluebird of happiness
- Bluebird of Happiness
The creation of Maurice Maeterlinck, a Belgian playwright and poet who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1911. One of his plays was the Blue Bird, written in 1908.
The Blue Bird is a fairy tale in which Mytyl and Tyltyl, the children of a woodcutter fall asleep after a disappointing Christmas and dream that a fairy sends them to find the bird that is blue.
They have various adventures but return home without fulfilling their quest, though they do loan their pet dove (which they suddenly notice is blue) to a sick neighbor child, who then recovers.
The moral of the story is that true happiness is found close to home, and is a result of making the journey, not from reaching the destination, and from selflessness.
This has nothing to do with hiking or backpacking, usually, though you never know.
The Bluebird of Happiness visited me yesterday at breakfast. It pooped in my oatmeal and stole my boot laces. Strangely, this made everything else seem better.