“Do not ask questions of fairy tales” Jewish Proverb
The other day I went shopping to find a multiple ball, acrylic display case for the growing collection of baseballs my oldest son keeps on the shelf in his room. We need a new way to display the balls, because if any roll on the floor, then Crazy Lacey gets it, and her new favorite toy will be the Manny Ramirez autographed baseball…that I personally chased Manny Ramirez down to get. I had no luck with the display case, but there was this cool, distressed wood sign that said, “It’s never too late for Happily Ever After.” I stood there for a second imagining what happily ever after might be like. Happily ever after happens in fairy tales…right?
Okay, so happily ever after… There was another sign at the store that said…”Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” So, here was another piece of the puzzle…a sign suggesting that “love” will provide us that fairy tale…hmmmmmm. Love is a beautiful, wonderful, amazing thing…the thing that fairy tales are made from, so maybe that is our key to happily ever after…or is it? I can not tell you how many times I have sobbed, somewhat uncontrollably when some cartoon princess falls in love with her cartoon prince, and they live happily ever after…while their cartoon dwarfs, cartoon wildlife animals, or cartoon everyday household items happily sing in the background. So is love what creates our happily ever after?
And if it is love, love of what…someone else, something else, ourselves…chocolate???? Oh, does it really matter…. If you were to ask me to describe myself, I’ll tell you that I am a blissfully ignorant person. Things haven’t always gone my way…life hasn’t always been perfect, but honestly, I refuse to give up on my happily ever after. Will love be a part of it…absolutely. Not like the love of another person necessarily…because quite honestly, when my happily ever after is contingent upon another person, then I’m kinda screwed. But, it’s kinda like this...”You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from.” ~Werner Erhard. And that’s pretty much it…live a life of Love.
So, if you don’t have to look for love, if it is where you are, and if love makes your fairy tale, and happily ever after happens in fairy tales, then I guess I have my happily ever after…and I’ll be honest…it’s not a bad gig.
And with that I say, “Pardon me while I enjoy my happily ever after…”