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Thoughts of Thirst

“You know,” he said, “I am in love with this girl.”
I was taken aback. After all, we’d almost never talked before. He went on: “You know, she drinks lemonade with her eyes closed and thinks thoughts of thirst.” I closed my eyes and thought to myself that I’d like to meet a girl like that. I’d ask her: ‘Are you thinking thoughts of thirst?’ Then we would both travel from opposite ends of the world to meet up in a certain place, and consumed by our longing, we would drink with our eyes shut.

The boy in this tale is like his friends but he is also different. Clear, flowing water stirs his imagination and he enjoys drinking it. Unlike his friends, he is able to think thoughts of thirst, and now he discovers that he is not the only one to think such thoughts. But what are thoughts of thirst, what does water symbolize? And how is all this connected to love? This subtle and poetic story was written in 1952 when Uri Orlev was 21 and living in a kibbutz. It was included in an anthology of his stories that came out in 1968. Now for the first time, it has been published as a book, and although 60 years have passed since it was written, it has retained all its freshness and charm.

Title Thoughts of Thirst
Writer's Last Name Orlev
Writer's First Name Uri
Genre Children
Ages 9 up
Illustrations Inbal Leitner
Publisher (Hebrew) Zeltner
No. Pages 40pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Machshevot Tzimaʹon