This Novel Life

"Live the life you dream." -Henry David Thoreau

Month: September, 2016

Sorry, Cinderella.

Don’t fight for the fairy tale, it doesn’t exist.

The fairy tale is some good marketing by a pretty princess during a bad moment where she wanted her story to look especially perfect. The fairy tale is a proposal he planned for weeks or months, a perfect series of seconds in an otherwise very regular life. There is so much more to the story than Prince Charming swooping in at the last minute and slipping the lost slipper on Cinderella’s foot.

There will be crying in the car in the pouring rain in the driveway, staring at the diamond on your left ring finger and forcing yourself to work up the strength to go inside. Screaming matches, throwing fits and curling up in a ball wishing it all away.

And then, at the end of the fight, there’s an off the cuff remark that makes you both laugh, and there he is, Prince Charming, swooping in at the last minute and wrapping his arms around you.

There’s always going to be another broken washing machine and puppies that need potty training. Bills and babies and school orientations that you have to go to alone because someone has to pay those bills. Family emergencies and friends that need help and sometimes there is a villain to defeat who wants nothing more than to tear you apart.There is life. And that’s going to mean more than the fairy tale. Because it’s real, and it’s dirty and messy but at the end of every day you’re just two people who can’t seem to get enough of each other. It’s not a fairy tale, it’s an adventure of epic proportions, and you need more than a glass slipper to tackle it.




Your promises expired like the milk in the fridge,

Our hopes and dreams swept away in the current.

We could love each other for a thousand years

But stability didn’t count days on the calendar.

Then your watch stopped ticking

And my heart stopped beating

So I gave up like I always do,

The only constant in all the inconsistency.


And I watched you leave

Like you never had before.