Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Kind of Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a boy.  There was also a girl.  They grew up doing the best they could, feeling their way through this world, just trying to figure life out.  They had friends and family.  They liked some of them a lot and some of them not so much.  But they were each important because they each helped shape who the boy and girl would become.

One day the boy and girl were grown up.  They didn't need their parents the way they had in the past and wanted to be independent.  After dating other people they finally found each other.  He liked her right away;  she didn't think he was as cool as he did (or the other way around).  But eventually, after spending lots of time together, they fell in love.  They each decided the other person was the neatest person they'd met and chose them to be their partner forever.  They got married and began creating their own home.

Life was good sometimes.  Other times it was sad.  Sometimes they fought.  Sometimes they forgot they loved each other.  But they worked hard to stay together, trying to remember how they'd felt in the beginning, remembering that they had chosen each other.

She stayed home with the kids because she wanted to.  He worked because he felt like that was his responsibility and was proud to do it.  But when he lost his job and couldn't find another one, she worked and he cared for the kids.  (Or the other way around.)

They each did lots of work the other one didn't notice and appreciate.  They each irritated the other.  Sometimes on purpose.  They also both learned to forgive.  And to be sorry.

There were lots of wonderful times.  There were also lots of hard times.  Sometimes he rescued her.  Sometime she rescued him.  But usually they rescued themselves.

Most of the time they were glad they'd chosen to walk life's roads together.  Sometimes they walked holding hands.  Sometimes not.  Sometimes he walked further ahead while she stopped to catch her breath.  And sometimes one of them wandered off the road a bit.  But they always either found their way back or one went looking for the other and guided them back.

They got old.  He got sick.  She took care of him.  She wasn't super well either.  Then he got so sick he died.  She was sad.  Really, really sad.  She missed him a lot.  She thought she would never be happy again.

Little by little, the light came back into her heart.  She found happiness again.  Not in another man or a job or anything, just in herself.  She found that she could be whole just by herself.  Or, at least, pretty darn close.

She had friends and family.  She continued to live.  And she thought of him a lot and was grateful for his part in her life.  She still missed him, but it didn't hurt so much.  She was grateful for that little ache in her heart because it meant she'd loved and been loved.

And one day she just didn't wake up.

And she was happy because she was with her partner again, her best friend.  And she'd missed him.  And there was so much more life ahead of them, just in a way they didn't know before.  A brand new adventure for them to share.



This post was inspired by the Ruby Gloom episode Venus De Gloomsville.

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Blogger Rubye Jack said...

You've told the story here of life at its finest and most simple. Nice.

October 15, 2012 at 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Lyza @ Chic Shades of Green said...

That's sweet, realistic, and truthful. Whenever I read fairytales to my daughter, I always talk about reality (poor kid). I found your post on SITS!

October 15, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Bev Feldman said...

Such a sweet tale, and what a nice way to start the week.

October 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Jester Queen said...

Aww. That is sweet. In my writing, I try to celebrate the moments of real, even if I'm writing fantasy. Thanks for visiting on my SITS day!!

October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger The Lovely One said...

I love this story.... I hope it's my story as well!

October 15, 2012 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Melissa G. said...

That is real life and real love boiled down to it's truest form.

October 15, 2012 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger thatdesigngal said...

And there it is! All laid out!

Thanks for stopping by!

October 16, 2012 at 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Mothering From Scratch said...

{Melinda} Love this. It is a true picture of the messy ups and downs of doing life and family together as selfish, loving, wonderful, cranky, messed up humans. :)

October 16, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Melanie said...

This is absolutely lovely.

October 16, 2012 at 3:41 PM  
Blogger noworries said...

So matter of fact yet deep and emotionally wonderful!

October 16, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
OpenID said...

oh my so sad,but so uplifting as well...wiping my tears away.

October 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger doseofreality said...

Wow. This totally left me in tears. What a perfect, beautiful story. We should all be so lucky.

October 17, 2012 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Who were the people in your fairy tale? Your parents? Great story. Sometime life throws up curve balls. But, in the end it's all about love. Thanks so much for wishing me a happy sits day!

October 17, 2012 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger Blond Duck said...

And now I'm crying.

October 17, 2012 at 8:02 PM  
Anonymous jamie said...

Oh... this brings tears! I can't imagine life with the husbter. But as we embrace life, life will be kinder to us...

October 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Lovely post. Thanks for sharing.

October 20, 2012 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Marissa said...

So true, beautiful and sad - but in a good way! Here from Sits...have a happy Saturday!

October 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM  
Anonymous Sheila Skillingstead said...

I like it. You are a great writer. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes it is hard to be willing to do that.

October 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Khlo√© Belle Gadson said...

This was so sad but so beautiful! Very nice. :)

October 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger Organized Island said...

Love this post - brought tears to my eyes. So very true about life and it's fleeting moments and a great testament to the commitment of love!

October 24, 2012 at 9:06 AM  

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