On Sunday, my family and I were invited to the Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate show at the Staples Center. My six-and-half-year-old son was over the moon. And for me, the best part of the show was watching Ryan’s reactions. Jaw dropped. Eyes opened wide. Whispers of, “wow!” He was a joyful audience member which made the show worthwhile for me.
I’m not a huge Disney fan, and not a huge fan of animated movies in general. In fact, I think it is very telling of my personality that my favorite part of the show was the act that involved “brooms” reminiscent of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The skaters were dressed as brooms and performed some clever choreography. I was captivated.
But, a little while later, there was an act involving Minnie Mouse wondering how she would know when she found her prince. Sitting through this act was a test of my patience. Of course, no female can find a prince unless she has on the proper gown so cue the Fairy Godmother. Then, Minnie needed advice from some other Disney princesses. We saw Jasmine, Ariel the Little Mermaid, and Cinderella all happily gliding across the ice with their perfect Prince Charmings.
And all I could think was -- what a crock! 2014 and we’re still telling little girls that the need to be rescued by a Prince, they need a gown to be lovely, and that all will end happily ever after. I know, I know -- this is fiction and I’m probably over-reacting. But still, it seems there are so many little girls (and grown women) walking around with these illusions regarding love and romance.
From my experience, after almost sixteen years of marriage, I can say that my husband did not “rescue me” (if anything I think it’s safe to say I rescued him). It wasn’t love at first sight for either of us (we first met back in high school when we were classmates in an English class our junior year). And once we got together, it hasn’t been happily ever after. In fact, there have been times when we’ve each wondered what we were doing and wondered how we had ever thought our relationship was a good idea.
But it’s all because my husband and I came together and found our “ever after,” that we have our son. And it’s our son who helps us keep things in perspective and constantly reminds us about what magic and love are really about.