Ebbie I was rather hoping someone would change it reality (which is why I requested it). I should not have posted without checking first though.
The idea of a lot of fairy tales was to teach children behaviour in a dangerous environment.
That would have been useul back then I suspect. Now the dangerous environment can come from kissing the frog or waiting for a Prince to sweep you off your feet and take you to the castle after marrying you. Alas, the castles often get broken up and property split between the two... Divorce never happens in fairy tales.
I believe in fairy tales
Where knights in shinin' armour come along
You were my knight in shining armour
And you stole my heart with a song.
You gave me a castle and a princess
And I was the wor-orld's proudest queen
But then came the dragon in the bottle
And I watched as it slowly slayed the king.
And we all live happy never after
For we just put the castle up for sale
But I guess that I will always be a dreamer
'Cause I still believe in fairy tales.
Yes, I stilll belie-ieve in fairy tales...
(Tammy Wynette_I still believe in fairy tales)
I wonder. Are boys as affected by such stories of great chivalry and romance as girls are? I am not saying all women stay as little girls and expect a fairy tale world when they are grown up but many have been raised and brainwashed on such stories by the time they reach their teens. Is it the same for boys?
I have a friend who writes the most romantic songs for his wife. He never sings them to her though. He says she would not appreciate them. But we all do. They are deeply loving songs and when you see him with her you see his loving eyes follow her with a kind of awe. No need to get the vomit bucket here.. it's not as sickly as it sounds. It is beautiful to see. At least through my eyes and many of us around them. Where does that sense of awe and wonder come from? When I look deeper I find I am suffering some sort of fairy tale anxiety... Have I just discovered a new syndrome? I may have identified it but am sure it's been there for a long long time.
Tammy Wynette's Bedtime Story is yet another example of when fairy tales disappear.
Come on gentlemen... please tell us if you have ever been brainwashed by the fairy tale world when you were young. I'd love to know what the boys think...
Some women would chide me for having such romantic notions but I really do wonder just how many of us have been affected by those stories, tales, books, poems and films whose origin challenges us to exercise our romantic muscles and minds.