I want to take a moment to hash this out. Cinderella is a great princess, in my opinion. She's classic. She undergoes a fabulous transformation. (How many girls do you know that I can rock a bun, a black choker, and a blue dress to a formal event?) MANY movies have been made about her, and for good reason. She survives, she overcomes. She's the poor, pitiful girl that overcomes and marries up.
That being said, Cinderella is not the princess you want your daughters to identify with. While I was never wealthy, never had a step-mother or step-sisters, I felt I could still relate to her plight from a very young age. In fact, I first remember seeing this film at 5 or 6 and crying for the poor girl. The poor thing, she lived without her parents; as I did for many years. She lived with some horrible people; as I did for some years. The people she was with made her do hard labor and verbally abused her; check. And yet, she still got out of bed every morning, making due with her circumstances and hoping for the best. Unfortunately, no matter what she did, for the longest time, life kept being...less than ideal. & you just can't blame a girl for crying about it all. I've been there, locked away for doing nothing wrong, a victim of the circumstances.
Eventually, the fairy godmother shows up (where was she ALL THOSE YEARS?) to help make things better. I'm not deluded enough to say a fairy godmother popped up in my life, but rather I look at the fairy godmother as a catalyst; she was the turning point in the Cinderella story. My fairy godmother would have to be the saving grace of Jesus at about age...11. Just like Cinderella, I wasn't resentful about the waiting, I was just happy to have a new chance at life. I didn't attend any balls, but I did attend church. This got me through middle and high school years, whereupon I decided to go to college, a Bible College (Welch College), to further my knowledge of God, Christ, and Biblical history.
From there I gained a great education, made fabulous friends, was mentored by great faculty and staff, and met & married my husband, Nathan. It's been a great happily ever after story for me. We don't live in a castle; but in an apartment. I'm not a princess; but Nathan spoils me like a queen. We have love & life in Christ; and that is enough.
This week, I'm taking a new princess story, or chapter rather. One of my favorite Disney princesses, Ariel. Again, this is not a princess little girls should idolize. She's a rebellious kid, runs away from home, makes deals with witches, is consistently in trouble...and yet, she's adorable, brave, and fights for what she wants from life.
Like Ariel, I am going to sign over my voice to the sea witch (surgeon) to get some legs (a healthy school year) for awhile. It's going to be...unpleasant.
I'm going to aim to be optimistic like Ariel always did though. I'm going to make it work, because this is a means to an end. & I'll probably look and feel like an absolute mess for the entirety of June. It's life, life happens.
As for my other favorite princess (Ariel & ???)...she is a princess I almost wouldn't mind a little girl looking up to. I try to live out the wisdom she pushes in her film every day. I just wish she had come along when I was a little girl. Hopefully by July, I'll be back to living the hard working Tiana life.