Blogword no. 45: Learn

It was the middle of the story and I trailed off, the protests around me drowned out by the screaming silence that echoed within me as my eyes were caught. There in the corner of the room sat my young niece playing pretend with a princess in a tower and a knight charging to the rescue. Fairy tales and happy endings sparkled in her eyes and rang in her laughter as she ensured that they rode off into the sunset. Next to her, another older child sat next the window, the sun adding color to her face as she reads a tale where a pair overcomes all adversity in the name of true love.

And yet rather than smiling, the sight preceded crescendos of broken dreams, and harsh reality in my mind. To grow up believing in a world of magic, of good conquering all evil, of love being worth everything, what will they suffer when they learn that in real life that there are no heroes, no fairy tales and no happily ever afters…


4 Responses to “Blogword no. 45: Learn”

  1. Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 4:03

    Good God! Amazing! (I was sleepless, so I thought I checked out the blogs). Man I’ve felt this so many times. Little children who have no care in the world, no sense of pride, or loss, or fear of anything we grown ups end up fighting! Very good.

  2. Friday, June 15, 2007 at 2:49

    isnt that a good thing though? doesnt it account for some of the faith we do end up having as adults?

  3. Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 0:18

    OR, its good in the sense that at least some part of our lives is spent in this ‘deserved’ oblivion! Probably oblivion is not a good word for the innocent unknowingness of the situation but still… you get the point.

  4. 4 PsycheD
    Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:55

    “..in real life there are no heroes, no fairy tales, no happily ever afters…” sadly, we all learn this when it’s too late – leaving us damaged and scarred for the rest of our lives……..note: im speaking for myself here

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