Saved by A Story

Dear Reader:

The other day I happened upon some witty, tongue-in cheek adult observations about life lessons from fairy tales and I just started laughing. Since there isn’t enough laughter in the world I selected a few examples and added on a few more personal observations.

Source: Bridgeman Team : Once Upon a Time

” Girl Power!” “One Girl is Worth more use than 20 Boys.” JM Barrie

In Peter Pan we soon come to acknowledge that perhaps some little boys want to stay lost forever… but probably not your girlfriend. Remember… Wendy got her act together pretty quickly taking all the other boys back to London … leaving Peter to stay a child forever. We see it every day!

Little Red Riding Hood-Arthur Rackham

Now none of us can throw negative judgmental remarks at Little Red Riding Hood for venturing off the main thorough fare … after all we need some adventure in our lives but confusing a wolf for one’s grandmother? That’s just ridiculous… I mean how bad does one’s eyes have to get before one gets them checked? How did she ever find the house… or did she? A new twist perhaps?

The Frog King

John Lennon sang about giving peace a chance but the lesson in this fairy tale is all about giving people a chance. Still, contrary to popular belief… the princess only kissed one frog-she just picked the right one the first time at bat. Still in most dating histories we have all ended up kissing our share of frogs… so give everyone a chance- you never know when it might just pay off.

Cinderella leaving for the ball-Arthur Rackham

The big life lesson in Cinderella is the importance of networking! Cinderella would still be sweeping and singing to mice if not for her fairy godmother? When opportunity knocks be prepared to Bibbidi-bobbidi- Boo right back… and double check your shoe size! Remember friends in high places can give us a much needed boost!

La Princesses Scheherazade/ Photo/ CCI

And I couldn’t end my most important life lesson to never give up–when I decided to tell one more story than Scheherazade and then did it. Another lesson in the power of storytelling and the extension of one’s life.

I started the competition to write 1002 Arabian Nights personal story/ posts against my nemesis-” little c” ( cancer) and Scheherazade… on August 31 2010 snd completing the 1002nd post May 29, 2013!

So until tomorrow … like Scheherazade, whose stories saved her life, they did the same for me and continue to give me a reason for living, sharing, and making new friends!

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

Yesterday Mandy brought the grandchildren over and we played so hard… there is no doubt Jake and Eva Cate fell asleep in the way home! Boo did when they left!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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7 Responses to Saved by A Story

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    What a fun entry today…loved the pictures of Eva Cate, Jake and you…❤


  2. So sweet 👌🌷😍beautiful fairytale for sweet children 👼🌹
    Very inspiring to read 👍🏻🌹🙏


  3. Cinderella fairytale story to your grandchildren 👌🌷♥️
    That is my comment 🌷🙏😊


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