Once upon a time – Re-do: the shortest Fairy tale

You’ve seen it – the very viral “Fairy tale

So popular it ends up in your mail box,

every nine months, or so…

Would you classify the succinct story as snarky or sweet?

2014: the twisted tale needs a re-write:

The story goes: “Once upon a time”… a man asked a woman to marry him. The woman said, ‘No’ and for a while, she lived  happily-ever-after….alone.

The New Year, New Outlook, Updated Version…

She lived alone: and, she went shopping, hiking, knitted tiny caps for babies in the hospital, and volunteered at Casa de las Madres and Onebrick.com She danced, frequented museums; watched American Idol and Masterpiece theater; drank really great wine, always had a clean house, did yoga three times a week; cooked quinoa, tofu, brownies and triple-chocolate chip cookies and delivered them to friends; she made a difference and a contribution; rarely argued, didn’t get fat, traveled more, had many friends, compatriots, pals, and buddies.

She entertained, went to lectures, bowled, she played and prayed – as needed.  She never watched sports (except the San Francisco Giants, the World Series, the Super Bowl and Wimbledon) She eschewed  itchy, cheap, lingerie; had high self-esteem, she only cried at movies and yelled at those rare sporting events…she looked fabulous in sweat pants, designer jeans and the proverbial LBD. She was a happy camper. However, it didn’t take Seven Dwarfs or a kissing frog to tell her something was missing.

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Tell me another fairy tale, she felt that she was missing an important component…she craved and pined for someone to partner with, to establish a connection – a union – a much more than mere-friendship person.

She knew she wanted to hold hands with a certain someone, to share life’s experiences. And, to wake up with in the morning, to kiss good night and wish ‘sweet dreams’ to – every night -for the rest of her life.

She wanted a Prince of man; a perfect partner in crime, in play, in plans, to grow old with.  And she opened her heart and her eyes and developed a more worldly, less myopic, view.  She was always one to share and play well with others.

When, lo and behold…she met a friend…a boy friend – and, in time, they clicked, they matched, they had chemistry and were in harmony. They got along and enjoyed one another’s company. They took it one day at a time and re-wrote a new happily ever after. The Beginning.

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