This past week one of the twins was watching the movie Cinderella.
For the 5,216 time.
Not the cartoon version, but the new version that came out several months ago with the blue dress and Cate Blanchett and the girl from Downton Abbey and the prince with the twinkling eyes.
When I walked through the room she asked me to watch it with her, I inwardly rolled my eyes and sighed. I told her normally I would love to watch it, but I had a million things to do and besides….
….I already knew how it ended.
And then I thought about how not-truly important those things were and that one day she would be driving around in a car with a bunch of teenagers and spending hours putting on make-up and deciding what to wear and the house would be empty and I would wish I had pushed the pause button and watched a little more Cinderella along the way.
So I plopped down with a cup of coffee and watched the movie and surprisingly, eye-openingly, amazingly learned a few life lessons along the way.
So here’s a few more pictures I took of the farmhouse decorated for fall….
….and a little bit of Cinderella wisdom.
5. Be kind
Especially to animals.
They have feelings, too.
And besides, you never know when you’re going to need those mice to pull your carriage.
4. Have courage
I know your stepmother looks scary in an oddly beautiful way and your stepsisters wear matching dresses, bad attitudes and totally random hairstyles.
I get it.
But one day you’ll be at a ball with an apprentice who turns out to be a prince and your waist will be eighteen inches and your dress will be sweeping and your hair will be sparkly and the ball will stop because of you and your amazing self.
And you’ll have the courage to dance like a princess.
3. Know how to rock a bad hair day
When life gets a little overwhelming and your stepmother made you clean the floors and live in the attic and you can’t take it any more so you run away, make sure you ride the white horse and stumble across the prince in the forest.
Ignore the fact that you’re in a torn gown with soot on your face and a really bad hair day.
None of that matters.
True beauty comes from within.
2. Always help others in need
If an old lady with a scarf around her head and glittery eyes comes to your fountain and extends a gnarled hand toward you and asks for water….
….ask if she wants some dinner, too.
You never know.
I could be your fairy godmother in disguise.
And make sure you have some pumpkins lying around in case she wants to turn one of them into a carriage.
1. Be true to who you are
This is perhaps the most important life lesson of all and one of the hardest to remember.
You are unique.
There is only one incredible, amazing, wonderful you.
And when the prince shows up with a glass slipper and you’re sitting at the attic window singing and you want to run and greet him and slide that glass slipper on your foot and ride away to the castle, but the last time you saw him you were in a ballgown with sparkly hair and now you’re rocking bare feet and a servant’s gown….
….simply shake your soot covered hair and hold your head high.
And greet the world like a princess. 🙂