A Real Life Fairy Tale {2009}

A Real-Life Fairy Tale…..{2009}

            Once Upon A Time a ballerina lost her dance partner and the ballet master replaced him with a new partner……….Life really is a fairy tale, Disney only gives us the overview and leaves out the important details.  For years we danced fairy tales onstage – and lived some offstage:  Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker……..(quite powerful stories if you take the time to notice.)  Our tale started with Moonlight Waltz—and now our tale is more like a cross between Cirque de Soleil and Rodeo!  As we all know in fairy tales:  the boy always gets the girl, the prince always comes, the princess is always beautiful, ‘nick-of-time’ is always of the essence, there’s always an evil one trying to spoil everything, and truth and good always win.  These are true in real-life fairy tales, as well—it just doesn’t happen in 90 minutes—more like 70-80 years!  About 14 years ago the lighting designer took away our spotlight and replaced it with a flood—adding three more characters to our tale.  As the cast of our tale grew “Costumes are ready in wardrobe!” was replaced with “Here’s some more towels for you guys to leave wet and rotting on the floor!”  After all, the spotlight gets lonely and when the stage is flooded with light you have many to back you up—and even more interestingly:  more than one story going on.  Dorothy really was right on:  there’s no place like home, and as we make our own daily journey through life–dodging the occasional wicked witch along the way—it’s comforting to know that a cozy bed, loving arms, and munchkins await just over the threshold. J  Over the years we have traded traveling to adventurous places and daily applause for numerous trips to the grocery store and the sound of daily, wondrous laughter and cuddles.  You see, a real fairy tale always evolves and gets better along the way—even amidst the villainous attacks!

We are all living a real-life fairy tale—Happily Ever After is a process–not an end unto itself.  The attacks of the villain last longer and at times cause more damage—and waiting for help takes more than a turn of a page.  We’ve fought the ‘evil ones’ and have the privilege of teaching a prince and two princesses to do the same as they move into their own tales—choosing their kingdoms in which to live and battles in which to fight.

We noticed something on a recent trip to the hospital—real-life fairy tales are not acted out on a stage.  As we walked down the long, broad hallway we saw many tales being lived out.  On this same hallway were parents headed to the door marked ‘Morgue’ to identify a son that had been in a car accident.  Their Happily Ever After was not what they planned and the villain seemed to be winning.  On this same hallway were grandparents headed to the door marked ‘Nursery’ to see their brand new granddaughter that had just been born.  Their Happily Ever After was more than expected and they were enjoying being at the castle.  There were those going through doors to have tests—hoping against all odds that they could keep their Happily Ever After on track with the original plan.  And there were those on the hallway there to encourage and back-up those fighting—and celebrate with those celebrating.  That grand hallway is the stage of real-life fairy tales.  We are all on it.  The doors in which we must go through create our own tale.  Sometimes it is more than we ever dreamed and sometimes worse than we ever imagined.  Your tale is unique, and will include many doors along the journey.

In a fairy tale the villain is relentless and in constant pursuit—but good always wins and triumphs in the end.  That is the true celebration of Christmas.   And no matter how much your tale evolves—there’s always a bit of the ‘Once Upon A Time….’ that stays with you always—to help you through the journey and remind you why you keep going.  We have no idea what could be around the corner—in Act MMCLVVXXIII—SO, whether you are currently enjoying your castle or facing the Dark Knight, take a moment to remember your “Once Upon A Time…….”.  We wish you a wonderful Christmas filled with great memories to add to your own Pretty Mostly Happily Ever After tale!  Once Upon A Time a baby was born in Bethlehem……………..

(© Daune Pitman, 2009)



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