Readers, I’m supposed to post today, but for those who don’t know I am a US citizen and today is the Superbowl of politics for us (at least those of us who care about politics). It’s been on my mind for a while now and as such I’ve completely shirked my blog writing time. It wasn’t intentionally done, so you’ll have to forgive the slap-dash work.
As I’m sure you’re aware, fairy tales don’t hold all the answers. There are aspects of life that aren’t covered by short stories about people who were inordinately concerned with predatory forest-dwelling animals as compared to the worries of the modern person. Politics is one of those blind spots. Most stories in fairy tales involve hereditary nobles. The stories would have to continue beyond the known endings of weddings and happily ever afters. I’d like to share some with you.
After having slept for 100 years along with her subjects, Sleeping Beauty understood the importance of universal health care and the peasants rejoiced.
The Simpleton from the Golden Goose, upon reflection, realized his good fortune was due to an act of selfless kindness and became known as The Benevolent King because he put the needs of his people before his own.
Snow White never returned to her own kingdom, but after marrying Prince Charming decided to challenge unconscious biases because how we look should never determine who we become.
The Valiant Little Tailor never meant to reach the throne on the power of one lie and therefore poured resources into trades, like haberdashery, that included education and allowed for upward mobility if ever that trade became defunct.
Cinderella, ever mindful of her treatment at the hands of her wicked stepmother, opened shelters throughout her kingdom for abused girls and boys to feel safe and find fulfilling lives. (She partnered with the Valiant Little Tailor)
Rapunzel never forgot her ordeal, especially being locked away and then exiled with no skills to raise twins as a single-mother, and therefore started programs for universal daycare paid for by the crown to assist single parents get on their feet.
Little Red Riding Hood didn’t have a kingdom, but she became a fearless advocate for women’s rights (especially the right to walk unescorted without fear of being attacked) and senior care in honor of her Grannie.
These are just a few of the many intuitive leaps I’ve made after reading a fairy tale. I haven’t even mentioned affordable housing with the Three Little Pigs, immigration and the Frog Prince, or…you get the picture. Here’s hoping that all our favorite fairy tale characters remembered their hardships and worked to improve the lives of others now that they were in better positions. And may we all do that whenever possible.
If you’re in the US–remember to vote!