THE NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE GUILTY: A Cautionary Fairytale
Once upon time there was a man who fell in love with a woman he saw as a Princess. Well, she wasn’t a Princess, but she reminded him and his family that her family and culture was descended from royalty, and his originated from slaves. So the Princess and the pauper had a grand wedding with all their relatives invited. The pauper’s family attended the wedding with the understanding that the Princess had done the pauper a great favor; after all she was royalty and he was nothing.
During the reception there were all these delicacies that were part of the royal diet; things that the pauper’s family had never tasted or even seen. Unfortunately, the pauper’s family was not use to such delicacies and couldn’t partake of the feast. So they went to Burger King instead.
The pauper began his new life understanding that the Princess had married beneath her so he did his best to provide her with the lifestyle she was accustomed. He searched all over the Kingdom for a castle that would please the Princess. He found a castle that would satisfy all the things that the Princess had asked for. After all; the Princess would never live in a common dwelling. So the pauper moved the Princess into the castle with the million dollar price tag. Although the pauper had secured employment; he didn’t have the means to afford the castle, but he would do anything and everything to please the Princess.
Early in their marriage the Princess decided that the pauper had a duty to sponsor and move all her relatives into the castle. That’s what the castle was for. Early on they had no privacy. There was always someone living in the castle with them. Countless family members and relatives began living in the castle. Not one contributed to the bills and upkeep of the castle. Why would they? Remember he was a commoner and they were royalty. This cycle went on for years.
One day the Princess surprised the pauper with the news that she was carrying his child. Unfortunately, the conflict began on how the child would be raised. This child was not a true royal. The child had commoner blood. So what did that make the child? This would be a bone of contention for years.
It was a joyous day for the pauper when his son was born, but the birth only highlighted their differences and divided the couple even more. The pauper wanted to be part of his son’s life, but the Princess decided that she no longer wanted the pauper. When the Princess could not control the interaction of her son with the pauper she made an accusation that was unconscionable. She accused the pauper of being inappropriate with his son; an allegation that would continue in the courts for years. The Princess was determined to put the pauper in jail based on these unfounded allegations. When the truth came out and it was revealed that the pauper was innocent the Princess threatened to take the boy underground so that the pauper would never see his son again. By the grace of GOD it didn’t happen.
Although it has been difficult; the pauper and his son tried to regain the years lost. They continue to work on their relationship. The son continued to live with the Princess. He went on to the royal school. When the son could no longer pay rent in the castle and attend the royal school the Princess had her royal family physically kick her son out of the castle. The son is not considered a Prince because he is not completely a royal. He doesn’t have the rights of the royal family. He doesn’t deserve the love she has to give. Why would he? He has continued to want and seek a relationship with his father; a pauper. So today the pauper has tried to pick up the pieces of his life and love again. The would be Prince has been excommunicated from the royal family. And the Princess continues to live in her castle with her royal family.
The pauper and his son continue to wonder if the Princess ever loved them or if she was ever capable of such love. Do culture differences have to divide? I’d like to think that love surpasses all differences. Be careful what you ask for; you just might get it. There is not always a happily ever after.