August 26, 2011

Y3W: An Ordinary Life

{Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.}

I don't know who said this, but what is a fairytale really?

Growing up (and even now) I was a sucker for a happy ending. Some of my favorite movies are the likes of The Little Mermaid, Ever After and Beauty and the Beast.

I get it. I need to cultivate a more adult taste in films, but that's a post for another day.

What about after the Prince rescues his Princess from the inevitable terrible danger and they are married, after the music swells and the credits roll? What happens then?

In my life the Prince and Princess go on a fabulous honeymoon, and return home to laundry, lots and lots of laundry, and dishes and a house to try and keep clean (which is impossible because they somehow ended up with four dogs and two cats) and toilets and showers to scrub, floors to sweep and mop. Sigh.

And one day they have a baby girl. That girl is beautiful, but things didn't go the way the Princess (now the queen, I guess?) planned and she gets sad. But the Princess and her Prince love each other and so, like the dragon he slayed to save her, they battle until the sad is defeated.

Now they are happy again. Their days revolve around changing diapers, bibs and onesies, washing and making bottles, finding lost pacifiers and laughing like loons at all of the things their little princess does.

Maybe it sounds boring, and not quite like the glamorous Happily Ever After that I imagined for Ariel and Prince Eric as a child.

We do not go to balls in tuxedos and ball gowns. We spend most of our time at home in t-shirts and work out shorts with slobbery hands patting our faces.

We are living happily ever after, even if it's happily covered in spit-up and drool.

Who says an ordinary life can't be a fairytale? Mine sure is.