“But it is of no use”, said Cinderella, “Wishes never come true.”
The fairy God Mother got held up and came too late.
By the time the prince was dancing with the daughter of a wealthy business tycoon, upon the insistence of his mother.
He married her and led an unhappy life, because she never seemed to be able to understand him.
Cinderella lived with her step sisters and the friendly mice all her life. She looked after her stepmother till she died and looked after the unruly grandchildren.
She was miserable all her life, and her grave had no grave stone.
This is the story of Cinderella and the handsome prince.
Psychologists say that the reason why fairy tales and folklores are so popular are that they allow us to construct an alternate reality in a fantasy world where there are happy endings, unlike in real life where happy endings are rare and day to day life mundane.
Many writers say that they are able to live out their lives in and through their stories. That the dreams that they are not able to fulfil in their actually lives are fulfilled in fictional characters, who against all odds, overcoming obstacles, have a happy ending with a sometimes unexpected twist in the end.
What would a movie be, if the hero was not reunited with his love, either in life or death, or if it didn’t end with a hope for a better future.
What would a Walt Disney movie be, if Anna did not reunite with Elsa and if true love did not melt the frozen heart, or if Flynn died and Rapunzel was held captive by the witch forever?
When we look at the lives of famous personalities, few of them seem to have happy endings. Many of them are forgotten midway in life with unknown endings, some have dramatically sad endings.
John Lennon once said, “Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay it’s not the end.”
Can happy stories have sad endings?
Or can sad stories have happy endings?
As Christians we believe that our hope is beyond death.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Cinderella was married forcibly to the stepmother’s driver, who everyone thought was a drunk and a squanderer. Well, maybe true love could change a person, because once married, he was transformed. He loved Cinderella deeply, and it showed in everything he did. There could not have been a more hard working person or a devout husband. He was also a wonderful father to their 2 daughters.
After many years of hard work, he was able to pay off his loan to the step mother and moved with his family to a new town. Cinderella spend her time giving piano lessons and teaching poor children to read and write. With the help of an anonymous donation, she was able to start an orphanage and a school, which she managed with great skill and compassion.
She was content and happy.
“I never thought when I was an ugly duckling that someday I would become a beautiful swan.” said the Ugly Duckling happily.
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