Whenever I feel like I need a bit of extra support during the day, I automatically reach for my Moominland Midwinter Mug and use it for my tea. It gives me a gorgeously warm sense of reassurance, hope and even peace. Everything seems better when I have it full with a hot, strong brew. And even when it’s not full – which is rare – I keep it close to me.
The Moomins TV show (the Japanese-Finnish anime one) was on Channel 4 every Saturday morning when I was growing up. It was on early, about 6.30 am. It had a different, more peaceful vibe than many of the other shows, and that peaceful vibe established itself as a huge comfort throughout my childhood, teenage and yes, even my adult life. I was watching the Moomins on DVD well into my 20’s. Basically the Moomins calmed me the hell down. It made me laugh. It made me think. It made me consider things and life and stuff in different ways.
I also, naturally, wanted to live in Moomin Valley (Tove Jansson was inspired by the area around her family’s summer home in Northern Finland), I was massively curious about the Groke – and simultaneously fucking terrified by it – and I had one of those weird childhood crushes on Snufkin, who’s actually gone onto greatly influence my fashion choices. I kind of wish that I had been alive and in Sweden in the 1950’s because The Moomins were such a big deal you could actually take Moomin studies at university. Just imagine what I could have done with that degree!
Anyway, when I’m in need of a dose of wisdom – and sometimes a laugh – the majority of the time I find myself Googling for quotes from Tove Jansson, Moomintroll and the gang. One of my all time most loved quotes from Tove is
“Maybe my passion isn’t something special, but at least its mine.”
As I know there are plenty of other Moomin devotees out there, I decided to share some favourites that I collected earlier including plenty from one of my Spirit Animals, Little My. (Though I’m also a bit Snufkin…)
“Believe me, I’m wise.” – Little My
“The Groke knows.” – The Moomins
“I want everything to happen fast.” – Little My
“This was not a particular funny celebration.” – Moomin Troll
“And if that doesn’t work, I’m gonna go bite them.” – Little My
“I own everything I see and everything that pleases me. I own the entire world.” – Snufkin.
“It’s not my fault!” – Little My
“Making a journey by night is more wonderful than anything in the world.”- Moominpappa
“Don’t you understand art? I’m in a Groke-mood, so I make a Groke.” – Little My
“It would be awful if the world exploded. It’s so wonderfully splendid.” – Snufkin
“Nonsense. My spirit isn’t lifted.”