Fairy Tales and Parrotheads

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Remember when you wanted the fairy tale? You know the one - go to college, meet Prince Charming, marry Prince Charming, have beautiful babies and live happily ever after. That was my plan. It never crossed my mind that there would be bumps in the road. I mean, of course, there are bumps before you marry Prince Charming, at least that's how it is in the movies. But once that ring is on your finger, there are no more evil queens or stepmothers out to get you.

I have to laugh at myself. Of course, maybe it's a testament to my parents and family. I had a wonderful childhood. My family, to this day, is great. I just wish I hadn't been so blindsided. Of course, if you look at fairy tales closely, you'll realize the story was just cut off in the middle.

I went to college. Graduated. Met my Prince Charming - in an ugly, brown VW jetta (no white horse to be found, and we live in Kentucky!). Got married. Bought a house, and had a baby. End of story, right?


Preeclampsia was my evil queen. Cancer was my husband's evil, twin brother. We did win the war, but unfortunately, these two happened to win a couple of battles. My point is there shouldn't be a period at the end of a fairy tale. The credits shouldn't roll. It should say "To Be Continued..."

Life isn't linear. There isn't a straight path in sight. There will be ups and downs, highs and lows. It's in between where we find happily ever after. This idea about happily ever after reminded me of a Jimmy Buffett song called, surprisingly enough, Happily Ever After. I never understood the song. It didn't quite make sense, but then, I figured it was Jimmy Buffett and he was probably drinking a few too many Coronas when he wrote it. But alas, I was wrong.

The chorus goes like this:

Some people never find it;
Some, only pretend... but me,
I just want to live happily ever after every now and then

SO TRUE! There will always be hard times and sad times, but there will also be happy times and joyous times. We can't outrun the inevitable, so we have to enjoy "happily ever after' every time it's given to us. Who knew JB was so wise? lol

Listen here: 
Happily Ever After (Now And Then) (Album Version)

P.S. My doctor's appointment went really well. One doctor down, one more to go. I'll keep you posted.


  1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog :) You're so right - I never knew that having a fairytale ending would be so hard to find. Thinking of you with all you've been through.. and keeping my FXd for you all the way xoxo

  2. Love Jimmy Buffet! Great song thank you for sharing.

    ICLW #26

  3. Yes, exactly! Just once and a while is all I want.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

    ICLW #10

  4. Hi from ICLW. This sounds so familiar. That was my plan, too, and I was going to have my first baby at 22--right after graduating college. What was I thinking? Best of luck to you on the rest of your journey, and wishing lots of happily ever afters in between!

  5. I love this post and that Jimmy Buffet song. How did I miss hearing it before now?

    Sorry you've had to deal with the horrid duo of pre-e and cancer. I hope you continue to kick them both in the *ss and are able to build your family soon.