Nowadays?S?derby-Boden sells beautiful?Moomin?merchandise even?Tove?would?have?approved?of.?We loved this (true) story of?a visit?Tove?and her niece Sophia once made to the shop:?
Sophia, perhaps six years old then, really liked – and wanted – a set of dolls’?porcelaine?cups and saucers.?Tove, very kindly and wisely said to the little girl: “You can’t have everything in the world that you like. You should only want things that you love so much you can’t live without them.”?
After pondering on her aunt’s words for a while, Sophia said: “Aunt, I can’t live without that tableware!”?
To this,?Tove?responded: “In that case, you shall have it dear.”?
This story?truly illustrates?Tove’s?attitude to material things and respect for the simplicity of life.?It?also?demonstrates?her?love?and?admiration?for?children.?