Everyday Fairy Tales

This picture has nothing to do with today's post, it just makes me happy.

 

In response to SideView’s weekend theme I thought I’d weave a fairy tale today, and become the Storyteller.

Once upon a time some children were born. They weren’t princes and princesses. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t anything obviously special about them. They all had good points and bad points. Some of them were handsome, some plain, some beautiful, some merely pretty. Some showed skills at thinking, some showed skills at creating. Some were smarter at one thing while some were smarter at others. Their differences didn’t matter, because as children their main purposes was to have fun.

They all laughed, they all cried, they all ate, they all dreamed. Some were raised by strict parents, some were raised by silly parents. Some of them worshiped one way, some of them worshiped another, and some of them didn’t believe in anything at all.

As they grew older, they each became more and more individual. They all enjoyed different things. Some liked to study and learn everything they could. Some preferred to build things out of wood and stone. Some wove fabric to make clothes. Some played with numbers and liked to watch money pile up. They all grew and changed. Some struggled. Others soared. Sometimes they met and fell in love. Sometimes the love turned to pain.

As they grew older, life changed. Some faced challenges like health problems or money issues. Some shot for fame and glory, but found loneliness with it. Some settled into cozy homes surrounded by books and family, and quietly pursued dreams.

Sometimes they fought with each other. Those were dark times. Fighting would bring about pain, death, sadness, and the end of people’s stories. So one day, a group of these children, now grown, got together and realized that the fighting had to stop. What were they fighting about after all? So what if people believed in different things and had different dreams. What was the real basis for the animosity?

This small group discussed the issue at great length. They debated and questioned. They argued (without weapons) and negotiated. Eventually, they came to an understanding, and sent out a list for all to see, some simple rules to live by:

  • It does not matter what you believe or how you worship as long as you believe in something.
  • Without life, money and power become meaningless. If you live your life for money and power alone then what kind of life do you live?
  • Everyone has the right to food, shelter, health, beauty and love.

Some of the people who were not part of the discussion did not like this list. But eventually more and more people recognized the truth, and they came together to celebrate a world of difference.

And they all LIVED happily ever after.

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jfb57
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 09:16:39

    What a great story. I do so hope it isn’t a fairy story but a real one!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 29, 2011 @ 09:19:46

      Maybe we need to borrow a little from Peter Pan, “If you believe in fairy [tales], clap your hands!’ If we all clap long enough and loud enough, maybe this story won’t die.

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  2. thelifeofjamie
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 10:36:40

    pretty good list of rules…wouldn’t be a bad idea for everyone to live by those.

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  3. thepetalpusher
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 12:07:12

    I believe . . .

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 29, 2011 @ 16:25:16

      Start clapping your hands and don’t stop until the magic happens. But we need a lot more believers.

      Reply

  4. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 20:35:57

    I love it, Lisa! Especially the “beginning.”
    Kathy

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  5. Crowing Crone Joss
    Oct 29, 2011 @ 21:24:34

    Yes, the beginning of a beautiful new world for all. let’s help usher it in, shall we?

    Reply

  6. SidevieW
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 01:44:28

    I loveit. If only we could all agree and make a life worth living for each and every one

    Reply

  7. kateshrewsday
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 03:59:04

    Lovely tale 🙂

    Reply

  8. adeeyoyo
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:27:27

    What a wonderful world this could be!

    Reply

  9. Robin Hawke
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:45:41

    I believe, Robin

    Reply

  10. Ruth
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 13:13:59

    Oh, a wonderful story I want to be real. Love the emphasis on “LIVED” in the concluding sentence, and what comes after – retrospect is forever telling me that endings are “just beginnings in another guise” (as I once wrote somewhere), even if in the moment it often seems a little hard to believe.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 30, 2011 @ 13:17:30

      I’m tired of the stories ending when the couple gets married or whatever the happy ending is before the happily ever after. Shouldn’t the romance be just the beginning? I have been learning a lot about new beginnings lately, and I think it is feeding into my writing. A lot of my stories seemed to end at the beginning. Thanks for reading.

      Reply

  11. Rose
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 23:18:34

    I love that the way you framed the story, it made me think that all the children were one people, with a shared history and existence, even when they were doing different things. That shaped how I thought of them once there were divisions. I was better able to believe people would be willing to work things out. I think I sounds weird and obvious, but I’m trying to say it was lovely.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Oct 31, 2011 @ 14:14:15

      In some ways that’s what I was aiming for, that even though we may look different or believe different things, we are all one people. Thanks for the comment.

      Reply

  12. Lunar Euphoria
    Nov 01, 2011 @ 20:40:36

    Nice!

    Reply

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