Fairy Tale Ending

BlogHer Writing Lab August 2016

The theme for August’s NaBloPoMo is TALES

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Do you believe it’s possible for some people to get that fairy tale ending of happily ever after?

All things are possible, but fairy tales are called fairy tales for a reason; they are fantasy tales. Some aspects and events in life seem to be a fairy tale, but do not last for ever after. Life always throws in curve balls.

There are many happy people in the world. Are they always happy? I doubt it. I will admit that I’m a cynic, but we are all human and I don’t believe we are wired to be forever happy. Feel free to disagree with me. Leave a comment.

NaBloPoMo Prompts

Outside Looking In

To anyone looking in, Drake and Jessie seemed to have the perfect life. They had a perfect fairy tale wedding, went on a perfect fairy tale honeymoon, and came home to a perfect fairy tale house.

The two had perfect fairy tale jobs; Drake was a highly recommended general surgeon and Jessie was a lawyer, moving up fast through the ranks at a prestigious law firm. Money was no problem for the couple.

Throughout their marriage, the couple entertained often, vacationed often, and planned for retirement. They shared many interests and rarely disagreed. Family and friends thought the couple would live happily ever after.

Jessie hit her mid-life crisis before Drake did. She knew her biological clock was ticking and although the couple had decided not to have children, Jessie began having second thoughts. She felt an emptiness that she found hard to explain to her husband.

Drake was blind-sided when Jessie admitted that she did want a child after all. He loved his wife, but they had everything planned. Drake didn’t want to go through the hassle of changing their retirement plans. Even though they had the money, he didn’t want to make exceptions for the cost of raising a child and creating a college fund.

Jessie felt that Drake was being selfish. How hard could it be to create a few extra funds? Drake eventually gave in to his wife, but felt resentful. Jessie was happy and did not see her husbands resentment. She was focused on becoming pregnant.

After a year of trying to get pregnant to no avail, Jessie was more determined than ever. Drake was tired and ready to give up. He suggested adoption as a possible solution. Jessie felt that Drake had given up on her.

Drake started avoiding his wife. Jessie withdrew into herself. The couple began sleeping in separate beds, pursuing separate interests, and going on separate vacations. What began as a fairy tale life did not end in happily ever after.

D.B. Mauldin

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