There are many incredible Czech legends, but the one which might seem the most brightful in these scary COVID times is the silver fish legend. It reminds us all that there is always hope – even when it seems like there is none.
The main character of the Silver Fish legend – one of the most famous legends of the Czech Republic – are Myslík and his family. He was a wealthy man who ran away from Prague after the battle of the White mountain. It was not his decision, but, unfortunately, he did not have much choice. He was living in the center of Prague, in the corner of the two important streets – Žitnà and Spálenà. (The area is still amusing today – breath-taking buildings in different architectural styles and plenty of shopping spots). Before leaving his beloved home, Myslík decided which of his things he would like to take. He packed all silver that he had in the house and melted it in the fish-shaped clay mold. After experimenting with melting, he hid the silverfish in one of the walls of the house. Myslík’s family was never able to return to their household, which they adored and appreciated. Soon, they forgot about the treasure and went on to live their lives.
Time passed, various people were living in that house, but no one has succeeded in finding the legendary silverfish. Soon, a poor tenant moved in to live the rest of his life in this house – he barely made enough to meet his ends yet he was really happy to live in such a lovely house. On one day, the counsellors ordered him to demolish the building and build a new one. The man got scared since he didn’t have enough money for such a significant renovation. Nevertheless, he did not have a choice. The workers were sent to him to do all the demolishing work. Right before he left the beloved place, he noticed Myslík’s silverfish drop from one of the broken walls. The silverfish was an excellent sign for the poor man – it meant that he can rebuild the house and save a fortune. He was extremely delighted by this event and lived happily after it for many years.
The meaning of the legend is simple: someone’s misfortune can turn into someone else’s best luck. Never lose hope and live your life in the best way possible; your silverfish might be waiting for you around the corner!