I believe that somewhere, deep inside every grown woman is a young girl at heart. A little girl who is still mesmerized by sparkly dresses, charmed by the thought of marrying a prince, and enchanted by the magic of fairy tales.
That little girl still lives on strong inside of me, because when my friend McKenzie posted on Facebook asking if someone would play Cinderella at her daughter’s fourth birthday party, I leapt at the chance.
Not wanting to break the spell of princesses in 4-year old girls’ hearts, I took my role very, very seriously.
I first worried that my gown- a Halloween costume that was designed to be nothing but cheap to manufacture – wasn’t princessy enough, but with the simple addition of a tulle underskirt went from blah to Royal Ball worthy.
Then, I got my hair done at the local salon, made up my eyes with sparkly blue shadow, and sprinkled myself with
body glitter fairy dust.
And finally, with the help of my friend Jasmine (unfortunately not THE Princess Jasmine), I did an in-depth character study, learning all the princess gestures and mannerisms. Thank heavens (that’s something a princess says) for YouTube, because it showed me the perfect princess poses.
Arms out…soft hands.
Hands clasped in front…believing the world is only a happy and beautiful place:
Soon enough it was time for my big moment. And though it was magical just be dressed as a princess, nothing compares to the magic of little girls believing that you actually are a princess.
I had the rare chance to step away from the cold, harsh, cynical adult world and into one where childhood innocence means your only concern is whether or not your tiara is too big for your head.
Throughout the afternoon we sang, we curtsied, we twirled. And girls’ infectious smiles, excitement, and love was enough to fill an entire kingdom.
But similar to Cinderella, my time at the party felt much too short. Before I knew it the clock was striking
twelve six and it was time to leave. It was such a brief occasion, but so dazzling that it truly gave me hope that these girls live nothing but a happily ever after.
Because now, more than ever, it sure feels like I sure am.
Thanks McKenzie for being my fairy godmother and allowing me the opportunity to be a princess for a day – it was truly an event I won’t soon forget!