The Modern Day Cinderella
In the fairytale Cinderella, a young girl is found in the clemency of her evil Stepmother and cruel Stepsisters. Cinderella was forced to be the maid of her Stepfamily, but she never gave up hope. After being invited to a ball at the Palace, Cinderella was hopeful that she may be reunited with the handsome stranger, the Prince, she had met in the woods. However, her Stepmother does everything in her power to keep her from the ball which leads Cinderella to believe she will never make it on time. But with the help of her Fairy Godmother and little mice friends, Cinderella was able to attend the ball after all. Although, Cinderella had to be home by the stroke of midnight, eventually the handsome Prince was able to find her which led Cinderella to the Happily Ever After she so greatly deserved.
I couldn’t help but laugh when one day, after hours of endless laundry, meal prepping, and family meltdowns (husband included), I felt as though I was the 2020 version of Cinderella, prior to her Happily Ever After. It seemed as soon as I had completed one task, my Stepmother (aka my Toddler) was adding another thing to my list. Although, days like those can be rough, similar to Cinderella, I still tried to find the upside on even the worst of days.
You may not have mice friends or a Fairy Godmother who can save the day or a Prince who will go house to house with your missing shoe, but if you think about it, that’s because you may be lucky to be all those things to your child. You are the little Mice running around to keep your child happy and entertained, you are their Fairy Godmother who shows up just in the nick of time with love and their favorite snacks, you are their Prince searching all over the place for their favorite sneakers. Even though you may not be able to end the day riding in a horse and carriage while wearing a beautiful dress, if you take a second to think about it, you are living your own “Happily Ever After.”
So to my fellow, MOMerellas, our days may be long, but as they say, the years are short. One day you’ll be able to get all your chores done and end the night with your handsome Prince without little dirty hands ruining your dress. One day you’ll be able to find both shoes without needing to backtrack every move your toddler made that day. One day you won’t have to be home by midnight, because since you know your little ones will have you up at the crack of dawn. One day, you’ll find that the days you felt like Cinderella during her “pre-royal life” were simply the best days of yours. You were able to give your family a fairytale of a lifetime and if you ask me, there’s no better Happily Ever After than that.