Text: Ewa Zawisza-Wilk
Illustrations: Paweł Wąsowicz
23 x 23 cm
Rat felt cold and decided to take a warm coat from the wardrobe. As he looked in the wardrobe, a scarf that Aunt Melancholia had left with him fell from the top shelf and wrapped tightly around his neck.
He couldn’t take pictures of it, so he went down to the pantry to get something to eat.
When he came back, the stairs seemed much higher, the scarf bothered him, and the food didn’t taste as good as it used to.
Rat had not been happy for some time.
He didn’t walk, he didn’t exercise, and he didn’t meet his friends. His house was slowly overgrown with cobwebs, and he lay in bed, flipping through albums from time to time, reminiscing and crying.
Rat’s friends take matters into their own hands. And when finally, the wise fish figured out what to do, for the first time in a long time, Rat enjoyed the warmth of the sun, the light wind and the beautiful colours of nature. And when his friends took the scarf off him, he finally breathed a sigh of relief.
The beautiful and very touching story of Rat explains and helps to understand and makes depression more familiar. In an interesting and very poetic way, it disenchants the unknown and helps to deal with it.