Certain characters have helped me on the way between childhood and adult life. Two such appeared in the series of Moomin books, written by Tove Jansson. They act as character, catalyst and cypher in the tales – their philosophy a breath of cool, clear air. I never tire of reading their thoughts and find the stories as compelling today as ever. One is Snufkin (here, in Moominland in November):
I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know. Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing; when both have fallen in love but still haven’t said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing.
And the other Too-Ticky (here, in Moominland Midwinter):
All things are so very uncertain, and that’s exactly what makes me feel reassured