Vida

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‘Vida’ is as vibrant as her name suggests. A joyful, flamboyant and high spirited painter, she fills her life with colour and possesses a genuine optimism for life. But it hasn’t always been that way… You might not believe it if you came to know her, but she actually used to be really selfish and vain. She used to be a terrible hoarder, forever storing and counting her nuts. She even used to make the other squirrels count their nuts too, and some people have said that they heard her saying the most awful things like “Hands off! These are mine” and “I could never be friends with him, he only collected thirty nuts last autumn.”
Then one day she began to feel a sad sinking feeling deep inside her. It was as if her soul was being rubbed out, and she began muttering and singing to herself… “I feel like the sun has dropped out of the sky… Where has the sun gone? wasn’t it up there a minute ago? I think the sun has fallen into that valley and it’s not coming back… Where is it?”
After a few weeks of this she picked up a paintbrush and started to paint. It was a real revelation to her and now she has somehow created her own freedom… and do you know she even gives her painted nuts away for free!