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The Little Engine That Could

Lotte Weinstein
USA - California 1999

When I received the box I thought, “Why me? I’m not an artist”, but the box itself intrigued me.  I loved its fragrance, its smooth lines and the fact that it could hold my secrets or be open with the story I wanted to tell.  Almost immediately, the box became a train for me.  

Growing up in Denmark I was very familiar with fairy tales, and I thought the train would become part of my own fairy tale.  But as I worked on the train, it took on the intensity of the American children’s book, The Little Engine That Could.

I came to the United States when I was twenty-one years old with the dream in my heart that I could start my life over again.  And I could.  And I did.  I am a wife to a wonderful husband, I have two beautiful grown children who love me.  After years as a psychotherapist and consultant, I decided to become a toffee maker.  It gives me great joy to create something sweet that brings joy to so many people.

After the train was finished I was on board as The Queen of Toffee, waving to the crowd.  I was right back in my Danish fairy tale where I had started out, and I think I’ll stay there.