Today I read Papa Gatto, an Italian fairy tale retold by Ruth Sanderson. It has your typical fairy tale characters: a kind, hardworking young girl, a vain disinterested step-mother, a snobbish, lazy, but beautiful step-sister, and a prince in search of a wife. What is unusual about this story is that the title character is a wise, talking cat who needs a nanny.
Guess which one of the maidens fails her nannying duties and which one receives a diamond bracelet as payment for her tender care and a recommendation to the prince. Naturally, it is not simple. Given the opportunity for deceit, the step-sister embarks on a charade to win the crown.
Quite frankly, at this point of the story the only thing that kept me reading was Sanderson’s illustrations.
When the prince finally meets the girl whose sweetness had charmed 8 kittens and their father, the first thing he does (obviously) is propose.
The girl says no.
How could she possibly marry a man she just meet.
The whole marriage-at-first-sight thing has always bothered me in fairy tales. Don’t get me wrong, I love section 398 and its decimals. But I often wished for more time between the meeting and the wedding. This could be one of the reasons why Beauty and the Beast is my favorite. I guess I’m a little bit like Robert in Disney’s Enchanted.
But the story does leave you with hope. The girl moves in with the cat family to be their “permanent” nanny and the prince will visit often so he can win her love after they get to know one another.
The unconventional ending (and the illustrations) saved this mostly predictable and somewhat strange story. Papa Gatto has landed on my list of books to read to my hypothetical daughters.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve spent most of my life being purposefully anti-fad. I never had a Furby or a Cabbage Patch doll. I never wore skinny jeans or bell-bottoms. And I didn’t wear make-up until I was a junior in college. I have never read nor watched Harry Potter, Twilight, or The Hunger Games.
All this made me think of fads that I did/am participating in. I have lost count of my Beanie Babies. My grandmother always got us a few for Christmas. I keep my Princess Di bear in a plastic case.
Then there’s Captain America. All the Avengers, but especially Captain America. I am anxiously waiting for Civil War to come out on dvd (because I don’t go to theaters) before I find out all the spoilers (which unfortunately was not the case with The Force Awakens). I am also looking forward to the release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast. According to Oh My Disney quizzes, if I were a princess, I’d be Belle.
Coloring is the new fad on the market. You’ll see commercial for coloring books, find them on the grocery store check-out aisle and recommended on Amazon. It’s the new thing in relaxation. Where did it start? I have not idea, but I like it.
I never outgrew coloring. I still have my Precious Moments coloring book and box of crayons. The problem was that the coloring books available were for children. I didn’t watch Sesame Street as a kid, why would I want to color it as an adult? Not a problem anymore. Adult coloring books are everywhere. Of course a bunch of them are just mandalas which I find pointless. I want to color real pictures.
But this coloring fad is annoying too. Whenever I talk about coloring or make a coloring purchase people assume I’m following the fad. Nope. Not so. I’ve been doing this for a while.
Today is the joyous occasion of the autumnal equinox – aka the first day of fall! Autumn is my favorite season. I love the chilliness of the air. I love having my hair whipped around by the breeze (although I don’t like how it looks afterwards). I love curling up with a Agatha Christie novel and Continue reading “First Day of Fall Checklist”
“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilt, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms. Vote.”
~ Rochelle Goodrich
Last Saturday I watched Disney’s Johnny Tremain. Presented were the great leaders of the War for Independence who believed their rights were more important than their duty to the English king. But what would their resolutions be worth if they were not backed by the militia?
Without our brave soldiers, we would still be under British control. Or Nazi. Or communists. Or terrorists. The very existence of the United States depends upon military protection.
Thank you to everyone who has served or is serving in our military. Your sacrifices are more than we could possibly repay.