happily ever after

     A friend shared recently that Disney no longer plans to make new "happily ever after" fairy tales. Personally, I find that sad. You know our family watches more than our share of TV, but we do monitor our children's viewing carefully. Many of the original Disney movies have a clear good and evil message, and good always wins. Have you ever paid attention to the spelling of the villain's name in 101 Dalmatians? Maybe that isn't the best example to prove my point as it isn't actually a fairy tale.
     As a child, I once was encouraged to expect the worst so I would never be disappointed. That adult's advice meant less to me after that as I couldn't make myself accept that sadness. I like to dream. I want my girls to dream of marrying a wonderful man one day. We already pray for him- whoever he is. Yet I also want them to be realistic. Marriage isn't just "happily ever after." It requires constant communication, compromise, and most of all prayer.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

    Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

     The card from my husband for our anniversary has a Disney prince and princess pictured. The words on the cover continue to make me smile. "...right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." Later inside "I believe in... fantasies that really do come true...because I found forever love in you." That is what happily ever means to me in this life.

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