"Childhood fairy tales are an evil mockery that leads to disbelief in all romanticism of love." Juliette Latona
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. I understand what she is saying. Sounds painful. Sounds jaded, with a tinge of disappointment. It's that moment when you find out Santa isn't exactly how you thought he was. It's that moment when you realize your Prince Charming is cheating on you. It's that moment when your happy ever after seems unattainable.
One would think that it's best to not teach the young of these things. They will just suffer heartbreak when the truth hits them like a two by four to the face over and over, time and time again.
There could be some truth there of course. I think the bigger issue is not teaching adults what is real and what is a fairytale. Happily ever after is not just going to happen. You will not ride off into the sunset with your Prince Charming and expect him to stay with you forever. Love is a choice, not a permanent tattoo on your heart.
So I contend the fairy tales are just fine as is. Hope, romance, love...it's what we want. It just has to be expanded to Hope and Failure. To Romance and Heartbreak. To Love and Leaving. Childhood fairy tales are incomplete stories. As adults we have to finish writing them with our experiences.
Everyday I write the book.