A modern day love story
"The course of true love never did run smooth"
Well thanks Bill Shakespeare that is somewhat of an understatement for me.Some may even call me a cynic...
I've been thinking about where my cynicism came from.
And I mainly blame the couples counsellor that me and the ex saw for a while. Yep we went down that route which was actually paved with more giggles and hilarity on our part that a deep analysis of why we weren't getting on.
It started with the counsellor telling us (while sitting in a very small, airless room) that we needed to communicate more. That every night when we got in from work we should sit together on the couch with the TV off, we should face each other, we should stare into each others eyes, hold each others hand and ask each other how our day had been. (Of course we were also supposed to ignore the toddling, demanding, adventurous two year old during our communication.)
Well that piece of advice was met with what can only be described as hilarity on our part - and that night me and the ex had a right giggle together laughing at the mentalness of the counsellor. We never did our homework, we didn't sit on the couch whilst holding hands but we did have a laugh that night.
And then there was the session for which I will never forgive.
She asked me what I wanted. I rather cleverly replied (or so I thought):
"Well I want the fairytale. I want Prince Charming to trot along on his white charger and carry me away."
Obvious I thought. It's what everyone wants isn't it?
The stuff of fairytales...Snow White, Cinda f***kin rella (Pretty Woman), Richard Gere (Officer and a Gentleman) and the ultimate Tom Cruise (Top Gun).
Apparently not according to the counsellor as she turned the atmosphere into ice with one single breath, stared at me menacingly and stated:
"That's your problem. You still believe in fairy tales."
I know - I hear your sharp intakes of breath.
I looked at her shocked - and quickly checked all corners of the room half expecting to see all the fairies of the world immediately keel over and gasp their last teeny weeny breath. I saw Prince Charming fall from his white charger in an exhaled breath of harsh reality.
Anyway fast forward a few romantic trysts where I have met more Rumpelstiltskins, big bad wolves and trolls than has ever been seen in Grimm's Fairy Tales and the cynic in me was born.
Until this weekend when I attended a wedding of one of my besties. It was her second marriage. She has been the most laid back bride I ever did see. Six months before the wedding there was still no sign of the dress, until I decided enough was enough and we went a dress shopping. As she tried on her first (and only) dress she started crying at the emotion of her pending nuptials.
This weekend she continued to cry, her make-up (bought, purchased and ruined in a river of tears) lasted all of the walk down the aisle but she glowed throughout the day.
The bride and groom were joined on their day by their four children and the oldest two children made speeches which melted the coldest of hearts. The son told how the bride has made his dad a better man, a softer man from which he had benefited and the daughter told us how she had seen her mum smile more in the past two years than she had in the last 16 years. There were more tissues passed round the tables than confetti on the floor.
The magic for me was watching two people who have spent a lifetime waiting simply love each other. Their love for each other was palpable.
They just work. And I wish them every happiness in the world.
The glow, the emotion, the beauty of the day was frankly magical.
And the cynic in me was stilled. Oh and I got a present which always helps still said cynic. And it was sparkly.
Fairytales do exist. I just witnessed a modern day fairytale.
*Whispers* I believe.
*Whispers Louder* David Beckham I believe, come and get me (preferably on a white charger)
P.S. I now believe the counsellor to be Snow White's evil step mother.