I realized something as I was prepping for this blogathon. I want to be a fairy godmother.
I'm not kidding. I can see now that basically, Santa Claus and Cinderella's fairy godmother are my role models.
In fact, in the 2015 Cinderella movie, what part do I cry over the most? What is my favorite scene? The part with the fairy godmother. What's my favorite line? "You shall go to the ball." I love that fairy godmother, in all her incarnations. I love that she shows up and says, "Everyone else says you can't, but I say you can. So you shall. End of story. Now go."
And once I realized that, I started thinking about just why I like the fairy godmother. It's not just that she's kind and generous and helpful. It's HOW she helps. She doesn't do a love spell on the prince. She doesn't give Cinderella a million dollars. She doesn't solve Cinderella's problems. She doesn't make all her wishes come true -- not at all.
She gives Cinderella tools. In fact, she really only loans her those tools. Dress, shoes, carriage -- none of those are going to do Cinderella any good if she sits and admires them until midnight. Or if she goes for a joyride. She has to use those tools -- Cinderella has to do the real work here. She has to use her own talents and abilities. The prince doesn't fall in love with her dress or her shoes. In most versions he doesn't even see the carriage and horses and footmen. Those are only tools to get Cinderella where she needs to be -- the rest is up to her.
You all know how addicted I am to hosting giveaways on my blogs. It's because I love giving things to people. I have a deep desire to make people happy, even if it's just for a few minutes. I want to share joy. I also love finding just the right Christmas and birthday presents for people. But I've realized that I'm very specific in the kinds of things I like giving away best. I like giving books. Crafting supplies. Handmade gifts. Food. I don't like giving gift cards or money -- I want to give gifts that are not only meaningful and fun, but useful. Keychains. Mugs. CDs. Things you can use over and over, learn from, make something with.
So, yes, I want to be a fairy godmother. And I think I'm well on my way. In fact, before I even had this realization, I bought myself a magic wand on a whim -- I guess subconsciously I already knew this is what I'm going to be when I grow up.