Monday, December 14, 2009

A Princess on Her Day

So many brides say that they want to be a princess on their big day, and I don't think that there is anything wrong with this. It is an important day and we want to feel important. But after reading 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter it left me wondering if we want to feel like a princess or like an amazing and special version of ourselves? Do we want to kiss a frog, or wait to be saved? Do we want to escape from an evil stepmother, or do we just want to marry the man we love?

#212 of the 500 pieces of advice states, "Some of the greatest writers of children’s fables were male: The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, even Walt Disney. You are not a tiny princess awaiting rescue by a valiant man, a symbol of frailty and naïveté, or the punch line in a morality tale. The women in those stories were crafted by a different sex at a different time for a different audience; these days you slay the dragon yourself."

So while brides might want to feel as special as a princess on their wedding day, on a normal day I think it is good for all of us to remember that we can slay the dragon ourselves.