It’s probably a pretty fair assumption to say that most every girl in the world has seen, or read, romantic fairytales. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White… I could list more, but you get the idea. Why are little girls (and sometimes not so little girls) captivated by the whole happily-ever-after thing?
Because we’re girls, and most of us are very much into romance. And what could be better than a handsome Prince Charming coming to the rescue of the beautiful girl (or princess)?
Our very own Prince Charming.
Are there any real-life princes though? We grown-ups call them soul mates now, which I guess makes it sound like there’s a deeper meaning. But basically I think they’re one in the same. The question is, are they just fantasy, or flesh and blood men?
At different times in my life, I thought I might have found mine. Some turned out to be frogs. Others turned out to be the warts on frogs.
Frankly I don’t know anyone who seems to think they got their prince. Well maybe one woman, but they’ve been married well over fifty years and she thinks the sun rises and sets with him. Most of the rest seem to be content ( or maybe resigned?) with their lot in life. But if there’s any romance there, I’m not aware of it. Of course I’m not with them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week either so who knows.
Do fairytales set us up to be disappointed when we grow up? Or do we just settle and lose out on that whole soul mate connection? Or…did we have it and it just got lost in the shuffle of life. Responsibilities, kids, jobs…
The Urban Dictionary defines ‘soul mate’ as: A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet – a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before…
Now I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the Urban Dictionary, but that seems to go along with what I’ve heard other people describe. Those who believe they’ve found their other half. Wouldn’t it be interesting to talk to them ten years later and see if that assessment still holds true?
Are there any princes left today (if there were ever any to begin with)? Or do we just have well-behaved (fairly), domesticated frogs to choose from? I’m kind of leaning toward the frogs. Just not too close. After all, Miss Piggy never was able to turn Kermit into a prince with a kiss, so why take a chance on catching warts?
What about you? Do you believe in soul-mates? Were you blessed with a prince, or an amphibian?