Early this summer, my to-be husband and I got to talking about fables and why they are important. I feel it’s valuable to believe in whimsy: to have imagination and hope as a child.
A young child came into my life earlier that day — with a gorgeous shirt on that was printed with these words:
A delight to see!
But there’s good and bad to fairy tales, too — like that mentality that women are often in need of rescuing, and perhaps that men are active, adventurous, and women passive, demur …
Luckily, examples of courage regardless of gender are scattered throughout modern culture. True, Ariel, Mulan and Merida from Brave may appear sexualized in merchandizing, but their stories have threads of personal strength and soul-searching, even if the motivation may seem “the other”: a lover/escape from one’s roots, a la The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast.
I’d love to see what you think in this poll and in your comments.
If you’d like to explore your fairy tales, I am developing a reading using Caroline Myss’ Sacred Contracts cards to assist in the process of recognizing your own fable and making the most of your life trajectory.
Thanks for the read.