The next morning the stepmother handed Elise a spoon, saying, "take this spoon and empty the pond in the garden with it, and mind you know what will happen if there is so much as one drop of water in it by this evening." As the stepmother took her leave, the girl’s eyes began to well with tears, for she could plainly see that the spoon had a large hole in the center of it. Try as she might, she could not remove even the tiniest drop of water with the spoon. Still, she tried. She tried and tried until it was late in the afternoon and the pond was still completely full.
The Cat Returns is one of my favorite animated films. The end song, Kaze Ni Naru, is one of my favorite parts and gave me the longing to play the ukulele. I found just the uke for me here in Montreal. It is part musical instrument and part souvenir of Quebec. I am not terribly good at it yet, but I am starting to get this song down. Once I have it figured out, I will either attempt to learn the words so I can sing along, or move on to another great song. In the meantime, here is a great cover of the song by someone who has been playing a lot longer than I have.