There are hundreds of representations of The Madonna With Cherries , all of them beautiful . But today I stood admiring our local version and had to think that it was one of the best I've ever seen .
It used to stand , almost unnoticed , in a corner by the lift in the old hospital ... the one that was run by the nuns ,
and is still remembered with gratitude by generations of ailing Leeuwarders . The town now has a spiffy new hospital with dozens of lifts and every machine known to man and the old Bonnehûs ( St Bonifatius hospital ) has been demolished with exec. residences put up on the land instead .
But dotted about the splendid shiny new Medical Center (I still think Bonnehûs sounds more comforting ) there are little reminders .
This statue is perfect and children , in particular , must have loved it . Symbolically , cherries represent sweetness of character derived from good works and cherries in the hand of The Christ Child suggest the delights of the blessed .
And over his ears ?
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