Today, I would like to talk about one of the shortest stories/tales present in The Writer’s Symphony — Lost and Found. This post contains spoilers, so read it at your own risks.
This tale tells the story of a young boy who suddenly finds a box that no one else can see, and on which is written Lost and Found. Now the reader may get confused by the fact that the young boy finds objects he had in his childhood and which were supposed to have been destroyed. But this box and those objects should not be taken literally. As a matter of fact, this box — as you will see towards the end of the tale — does not exist. The box is in fact a representation of the protagonist’s own existence. When Pedro (the protagonist) is looking through the box, he is in fact trying to find himself. It becomes more obvious towards the end when he finds a heart made of glass.
Now you may wonder why he is trying to find himself? That’s where the main theme I used for this tale comes. Through this tale, I wanted to talk about people who, following a tragedy (whether it is the loss of a loved one or the end of a relationship), became lost. It is quite common nowadays. I have a lot of friends who became completely lost after they ended their relationship with their boyfriend/girlfriend because they got used to living and sharing their lives with someone else. As a result, they could not see themselves living by themselves again. At that moment, it feels like the world had stopped for them — imprisoning them in the void.
The same happens when someone loses their parents at a young age. If they have not yet started to live by themselves, the loss of one’s parents forces the young person who has not yet discovered the world to live by themselves. Pushed into an unknown world, the person can only feel lost and this feeling can result in a tragic breakdown. In such a situation, the person is often given help from external sources (a psychologist for example). But helping someone is just as its name implies — to make it possible or easier for someone to do something.
If the person wants to overcome this feeling of sadness and of being lost, they have to do it themselves. They have to find the strength in themselves to move on, and more importantly, move forward. To find that strength, they have to rediscover who they are and find the heart which was consumed by sadness.
Therefore, we come to the part of the tale where Pedro finds the heart. When he takes it out of the box, the heart immediately breaks into pieces. It is a metamorphosis telling the reader that Pedro, who finally accepted who he was, also accepted the fact that the tragedy happened and he could do nothing about it. Because he accepted that, he also accepted to finally move on, acknowledging the fact that it would take time to erase his sadness.