Oh, man. Anyone else have a great weekend?! Is it not AMAZING what warm temperatures and sunshine can do?! Not only did spring officially arrive in these parts (did that sound kinda southern?! I feel like it’s just going to sneak up on me or something) but Christian and I truly had the best time, with lots of dates all weekend. We’ve been going on super long walks together every day and it’s become the number one thing I look forward to. There is a pathway behind our house that travels alongside a river and we can walk it for almost 4 miles. We’re so obsessed with doing this every day that we even went in the rain on Saturday. It feels really nice to get outside… in MARCH!
One of my most favorite parts of the weekend though was when I somehow conned Christian into taking me to see the new Cinderella movie 😉 Cinderella has been my favorite fairytale since I was little- in fact, Disney’s Cinderella was the very first movie I saw in the theater. I’ve been talking about the new Cinderella since the first time I saw a preview – months, I tell you! Months of telling Christian how excited I was to see this movie, always saying it like it was the first time I was sharing the news with him. Well bless the man because Saturday he took me on this movie date and the entire way to the theater, I talked about how I hoped they’d be selling crowns or maybe one of those light-up princess wands. (They weren’t selling any, for the record.)
Yes, I’m 31 years old but you know what? In the darkness of the theater, no one could see how I clasped my hands the entire time, tearing up throughout. It was in the first 15 minutes I realized how I seriously felt like a 6 year old sitting in my seat but then realized, seriously? Sometimes it feels really, really nice letting yourself believe in a fairytale like you did when you were young. And so, I did. I put my adult logic to the side and I soaked in every minute of that movie. And when the fairy godmother turned Cinderella’s ragged dress into a beautiful, sparkling gown and the little girls sitting behind me stood up from their seats to clap and squeal? I couldn’t help but smile, my heart wanting to burst. No matter how old we get, I think there’s an importance in letting ourselves go every now and then… to feel like a kid again… to not take everything so, so seriously. For just a moment to pretend we’re the beautiful girl in the sparkling blue dress, walking down the stairs to meet our prince charming.
I’d glanced at Christian in that moment, really to see if he’d noticed the tears falling down my cheeks, and as he watched the screen with a smile on his face, he leaned over and whispered, “That’s exactly how you looked to me when I first saw you walking down the stairs in the train station… in your blue coat. Remember that? You looked so, so pretty.”
Today, I am grateful for dreams and fairytales. For movies that remind you of what it feels like to be a kid again. For stories that remind you of the importance of kindness and courage, the reminder that even through the storms, you can still be kind. But most of all, I’m grateful for my very own prince charming… who takes me to see my favorite fairytale movie…. who lets me get lost in the dream if only for a couple of hours. And while real life may not always be a fairy tale, gosh – I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What are you grateful for?
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