"Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp."
For my Spring body of work, I'm thinking a lot about fables and stories. A few nights ago I re-watched "The Neverending Story", and again loved this scene in the swamp. I love the simple messages of "children's stories". Here: fight against the sadness or you will sink into it and die. This very adult idea, illustrated with a horse and a boy in the mud, becomes a message for anyone. I love how he says so simply: "You have to try. You have to care. For me, I'm you're friend. I love you."
Well put Atreyu.