Behind The Art – A Story Begins

Intrigued by a post shared from a friend,
I decided to research a story that was with
the accompanying Art below.
Kafka & the Traveling Doll by Jordi Sierra I Fabra
Editor: HakaBooks, Illustrator: Isabel Torner Aparicio
What I discovered was two different stories of an encounter
between Franz Kafka and a Little girl who had lost her doll.
♦ The first was told by Tara Brach, psychologist and Buddhist
meditation teacher in Washington D.C.
to a Huffington Post reporter, May Benatar
as the following story:
A year before the death of Franz Kafka, he encountered a little girl
in Stieglitz Park, in Berlin, where he went walking daily.
She was crying because she had lost her doll and was desolate.
Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her
the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll,
he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.
“Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world.
I will write you of my adventures.”
This was the beginning of many letters.
When he and the little girl would meet he read her these carefully
composed letters. He would tell of the adventures of the beloved
doll in various locations such as London, Paris, and others.
The little girl was comforted.
When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented the girl
with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll.
An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… ”
Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an
unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll.
In summary it said: “Every thing that you love, you will eventually
lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”
♦ The second seems more accurately correct
due to more research found within and the Biography
of the writer including names of those involved.
It can be seen here: The Kafka Project 
Regardless, both stories tell a Great Lesson
of Grief, Healing, Love and
also the Kindness shown by the well known
German Writer Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924)
Franz Kafka, by Atelier Jacobi, 1906

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