Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I remember seeing the Disney movie "Cinderella" when I was pretty young. I loved it. It seemed like a dream that every girl could hold on to - that some day, if she was sweet and pure enough, a prince would sweep in and save her from her difficult life and make her a princess who would live in luxury the forever. Sounds really good to me!
Of course, we all grow up to understand the difference between fantasy and reality and we enjoy our forays into the former but know the latter is our life. We embrace the lives we have, loving them for the love and joy they bring us, wherever we are and whatever our circumstances.But every young girl talks about being "Cinderella" on her wedding day, wanting to look like a princess (Just watch "Say Yes to the Dress" on TLC if you don't believe me!). And the royal wedding, where a commoner like us becomes a princess and looks every bit of one throughout it all, was the perfect example of the fulfillment of those fantasies - a real dream come true.
The other piece of that puzzle is that so many of us can trace our roots to England and identify with our ancestors who toiled under the royalty of years gone by, thus our other fascination with all things royal. Who wouldn't be interested in the story of Henry VIII and his many wives? Such power and corruption are an undeniable draw. So the history connected with the royal wedding (i.e. "the tiara worn by the Queen" and "the carriage used by Victoria") is another wonderful part of this royal wedding frenzy.
Last year we visited Disney World with our grandchildren and we attended a luncheon at Cinderella's castle. All the little girls dressed in their princess costumes - my grandson was dressed as Prince Philip. They were treated by royalty, and the fantasy continues...