Kathy, one of my blogging friends, who writes at threepsandq.wordpress.com recently posted pictures of the effects of light outside her bedroom one morning. The golden orang- ish light reminded me of the description of light in the Swiss Alps by Heidi, the little girl. Kathy wrote back that she enjoyed reading Heidi as a child and even as an adult.

Today I want to write about Heidi and why I at 47, still enjoy reading the book, enjoying every word of it as I did so many years back. Heidi was a little girl and that was the first point in her favor, according to me. She faced embarrassments, troubles, little joys and happiness-es like all of us do but the difference was that each of these emotions was amply demonstrated by her. Walking up the mountain to meet her grandfather for the first time, she looked around in awe and wonder at the beautiful sights around her. She didn’t mind the tiredness or the fact that she was going to see someone new, someone she had never met before. She saw the goatherd and his goats, the small hut where the goatherd lived, and went jumping after the goatherd to reach Alm-Uncle’s hut in the mountains.

I was impressed with the description of the sun setting on the mountains, which Heidi thought was everything around having caught fire. She thought the rocks, the great snow mountains, the bushes and the big bird’s nest had all caught fire. The colours changed from golden to orange to rose and then crimson and finally grey until all the light disappeared. I was reminded of the glorious display of light when I saw the photographs in Kathy’s post .

Heidi grew up alone but she was not alone at all. She had the entire mountain and all its wildlife as companions.

Growing up, I used to think I would have liked living like that in the Swiss mountains, far from the Madding Crowd, with the barest of essentials for survival. Now having lived in civilisation for so long, I am not so sure. Yet, I would like to visit Dorfli, if there is such a place and see the wonders of light playing on the mountains above the town.

9 thoughts on “Heidi

      1. It is true- her strength of spirit is amazing. I am reading the whole book all over again. It gives you an encouragement and faith in yourself and in all good things.
        Due you think mountain-folk have that resilience ?


  1. I loved watching the TV series – I haven’t actually managed to read it. I should try it. And I saw the photographs – it really does look “kissed by fire” as I have read it in A Song of Ice and Fire.

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  2. Hi Susie, I love this post. I will probably try to read Heidi again too. I might even try to use some battered yard sale editions I found in some artwork this winter. I watched a sweet, very well-done edition of the story just a few days ago. It starred Jason Robards and Jane Seymour as Fraulein Rottenmeier, quite a departure for her from her normal heroine roles. It’s a really well-made version of the story. It is a little long, but that makes it even better, because they have a lot of the details of the story that other movie versions leave out.

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