Friday, July 27, 2007

A thoroughly modern fairy tale

Thanks to my sister, Kathy for my laugh today.

This is the fairy tale that we should have been reading as little Girls!

Once upon a time,
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in a land far away,

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a beautiful, independent,
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self-assured princess

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happened upon a frog as she sat,
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contemplating ecological issues
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on the shores of an unpolluted pond

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in a verdant meadow near her castle.
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The frog hopped into the princess' lap
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and said: Elegant Lady,
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I was once a handsome prince,
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until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
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One kiss from you, however,
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and I will turn back

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into the dapper, young prince that I am
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and then, my sweet, we can marry
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and set up housekeeping in your castle
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with my mother,
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where you can prepare my meals,
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clean my clothes, bear my children,
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and forever

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feel grateful and happy doing so.
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That night,
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as the princess dined sumptuously
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on lightly sautéed frog legs
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seasoned in a white wine
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and onion cream sauce,
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she chuckled and thought to herself:

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I don't #%$& think so