Today I went to a theme park with my family. A long day walking around at the park that is inspired by fairytales of al sorts made me think about a few things. Seeing the kids walking around all inspired and overwhelmed by stories like; Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel and the sleeping beauty. I started to wonder; what is it that make people love fairytales so much? Why is it that we tell those stories, that not seem to be hold any bit of a realistic form of truth in them, over and over again to our kids? Like the story with the princess and the frog. Makes that little girls believe they deserve a real prince, a gentleman and nothing less in their lives? Or does that make them kiss to many frogs in their life (with all consequences included) because they kinda start to desperately want a prince so bad, that they think every frog, as ugly as they may seems, how bad they may treat them eventually changes into a prince..?
And as I looked at the “fairytale telling tree” (those trees can only be found in a theme park like this and in my mind) I listened to a story about dragons and it hit me. The sentence that I once read and always remembered written by the english writer G. K. Chesterton:
“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exits, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
And it is true. And if any smart little girl listens to fairytales keeping this in mind. She will always end up beating the dragons and kissing the prince.