Once upon a fairytale reality
Once upon a time, in the far-far-away land of Palm Harbor, Florida there lived a noble king and his fair queen, along with their two distinguished, young princes. The king and queen were looking forward to a most magical day in which the entire kingdom would join loved ones to simultaneously celebrate the grandest emotion of all: love! The date came – February 14th – and the queen awoke with a smile. After fetching supplies from the market, she and the children happily busied themselves with baking sweet treats that they were to partake in later that night…The young princes would surely go to bed early so that the king and queen could celebrate their love alone, over much chocolate and wine…But Alas! The queen was startled by a crashing sound that came forth from the royal master bedroom! Much to her dismay, she found the entire closet had collapsed. The brackets which held their garments had cracked entirely, leaving clothes and shoes strewn about everywhere! She frantically called the king to inform him of the catastrophe! “Fret not, my fair queen” said the king. “I shall visit the woodcutter’s cottage (A.K.A. The Home Depot) and bring forth the supplies to fix the royal mess.” Sadly, the King was overloaded with royal duties and arrived at the castle much later than expected. The king was famished and decided to feast before endeavoring to carry forth the closet supplies. “Woe is me!!!!” cried the queen, for when the king finally arrived, it was very, very late, and tragically, he had gotten the wrong supplies! Now everything was ruined: It was late! The princes were still awake, too excited from all of the sweet treats they had eaten, and still not bathed! The castle hound was incessantly barking! And the royal mess still remained! Frustrated, the queen sighed and poured herself a glass of wine. She longed for a night filled with love and romance, but instead was faced with nuisances and disorder. Peering over her glass of wine she glanced at her noble king, who sat looking tired and defeated on his royal dining room throne. Amidst the chaos, and despite her irritation, the queen’s heart filled with love at that very moment, for she realized that there was no one on earth she would rather be frustrated next to. “Thank you for sharing the mundane with me” she said to her king. “I thought you were mad at me for getting the wrong supplies” he replied. “No” said the queen “I was frustrated at the situation, but not at you my handsome king.” The kids went to bed shortly thereafter and the king and queen, too tired to do much else, simply went about their regular routine, as if it were any other night of the year. But be not disheartened, gentle reader, for they could not be more pleased with their lives. While many in the land waited for that day to show their loved ones how much they truly cared, the king and queen, along with their children did so every single day…which made the frustrating days, like the one experienced herein, a lot easier to get through. The love they felt for each other, day in and day out, transcended obligations to have a perfect, cookie-cutter holiday…And so, despite the hardships that sometimes accompany everyday life…they still lived happily ever after.