When she awoke, she saw that every last feather had been stripped and bagged and the tiny mouse had vanished. "Thank you tiny mouse," she whispered into the empty room, and she sat down to await the evening. When the stepmother entered the room that evening, she was quite disappointed to see that the girl had completed her task. "Simple girl," she cried "Do you not see what you should have done. You finished your task but could you not find another task to begin instead of sitting with your hands in your lap?" She left the room then, muttering, "I must set her to some harder task."
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.