Saturday, November 08, 2008

Read, Recite, Repeat

Ladies, we have to stop. Reading fairy tales to our little girls, understandable. Believing them as grown women, disasterous.

Our princes change, but the story line remains the same. We picture grand gestures in which he professes his love (usually it's the love he only just realized he felt). We replay scenes in our head so often we think they're possible. Our Lloyd Dobler is outside our bedroom window, boom box high above his head, his solemn expression a testiment to his determination to be there for us always.

My nine year old niece wrote a story last weekend. The topic wasn't love, but the beginning struck a chord and ripped me from my own impossible fairy tale, "This story is not like any other story. It doesn't beging with 'Once upon a time' and it doesn't end with 'happily ever after."

Read, recite, repeat.


LiLu said...

That's a helluva line for a 9 year old girl... at least she'll be ready for disillusionment when the time comes and the first man breaks her heart...

Dating Trooper - Dating is Warfare said...

Thanks for the reminder. I've been getting pretty impatient waiting for my guy to do something prince charming-ish. It ain't happening. Then again, I'm no princess charming either.

Natasha said...

That's one intelligent nine-year-old. If only I could learn that NOW!

Felicia said...

You are so right - and loved the John Cusack photo. Classic movie moment.

When my guy declared his love for me, it was a totally anticlimactic moment, and that was totally cool with me. It was actually more comfortable that way because we're both shy. When he proposed, it was more like, "We should probably get married, right?" and I agreed. But we're happy dippy in love five years later so I guess being boring can work out just fine.


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City Chic Chica said...

Wowee, that is one intelligent 9 year old!