Friday, October 28, 2011

The fourth little pig

What an interesting realm, fairy tales that is.  A place where fairies, goblins, elves, dwarfs, giants, evil witches, wolves and demons battle, good vs evil.  These fables or legends although written for children and often in rhyme, tell of the dark side of human nature. Yet they are read with enthusiasm and even sung.  Witches plotting to kill, slavery, wolves eating pigs...then the cartoons, lots of hunting going on, Elmer Fudd and the wabbit, Sylvester and Tweety, Ralph Wolf and Sam Sheepdog, and the ever infamous Wile E Coyote and Road Runner.  All survival of the fittest, ahem, smartest. We listened to the stories and watched the cartoons, over and over, laughing, repeating the fairy tales word for word, not really getting the deep moral lessons, yet, as we become adults, have families and pass the torch to our children, that's when the light goes on.  The fairy tales and cartoons are a way of softening the hard realities because what we will find, around the many corners we reach in our lives, there are witches, wolves, Elmer Fudd's and Wile E. Coyote's lurking. So the next time you hear 'Overture, cut the lights' or you open the cover the 'Once Upon a time,' pay close attention and let your imagination soar (because you can); add an eighth dwarf, incredible superhero or a fourth little pig, and who knows, you might discover something...well I'll leave that up to you.

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