A Once Upon A Time That Never Ends

Isn’t that a wonderful notion? I was listening to Pandora, my Disney station, and Once Upon A Time In New York City from Oliver and Company came on. That’s one of my favorite movies, partly because it has a cute little cat in it, partly because Billy Joel voices Dodger, and partly because it’s one of the Disney movies that emphasizes the importance of a different kind of love: friendship. I just really like that movie. Why do you think I named my cat Oliver? 

So what does a once upon a time that never ends look like? Does it look like finding your soulmate? Or maybe the love of a parent? Possibly the love of a friend? Or all of those combined? Maybe even something greater, like faith and a relationship with God? I don’t know the answer, but it’s a splendid thought, and it could be all or any of those answers. Of course we could go back to the question of what a “once upon a time” actually is and how in the world that inspires in us thoughts of romance and happy endings. Let’s break it down. Once, a fairly simple word, meaning that something happened one time, the dictionary gives us the definition as, “one time and no more”. Well now, how does that translate to this phrase? I don’t know. What about upon? Upon: “on”, literally that is the full definition. Oh, prepositions, how I loathed memorizing those in middle school, particularly because of the other people in the class who took WEEKS to get them memorized. Now? Meh, I don’t. So that brings us to time. What a beautifully abstract concept time is. We had to try and define it, by ourselves, in physics, no one was able to, but it is a very difficult definition to pin down. The dictionary offers up several definitions, one being, “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues”, another, “a nonspacial continuum that is measure in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future”. Now, that is 1a and 1b in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. So, if we use the dictionary definitions and put them all together we get, “one time and no more, on a nonspacial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future” and then a story. Wait, what? The ramblings of a mad-woman, obviously. But seriously, that’s kind of an odd thing to say, “once upon a time, she did this”, or, “she did that”. I don’t think I really have a point here, other than it’s amazing how a four word phrase can evoke feelings of romance, wonder, mystery, and myriad of other things in us. Just four words and we know that something is about to happen, something is about to change, we’re being introduced to a character and a story, we’re going on a journey in our mind with someone we’ve never met, who has only been described to us, yet is completely our own. It’s quite beautiful.

Just four words. What is your once upon a time that never ends?

For me, I don’t know what it would be, but I think it would simply to be loved, cherished, and cared for, it could be by a family member, a significant other, a friend, or all of the above, I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I can tell you that I’m looking forward to it. One of the amazing things about my once upon a time, is that God is writing it for me and I have yet to be completely dazzled by His wondrous works. 

Always,

-M

P.S. I apologize for not blogging recently. I got out of the habit of it fairly quickly after school started. It feels good to do it again.

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That swirling storm inside.

Seriously though, there are so many emotions, thoughts, and feelings that go through our heads on a daily basis. For those of you who don’t get the reference in the title, I’m sort of quoting Frozen, when Elsa finds out that she made summer stop. Can I just say Anna does not help at all in this situation? “You kind of set off an eternal winter everywhere.” Um, wait, what? How would you know if she set off an eternal winter everywhere? You went after her as soon as she freaked out. It’s likely that she found her within two or three days, and she’s traipsing through the mountains, so it’s entirely possible that it could be snowy up there anyway, though not likely, so that rules out that whole “eternal winter” thing because it’s been two or three days. Then there’s the fact that she went after Else right away, and only saw that as far as she could see was frozen, so how would she know that she set off a winter everywhere? Okay, I’m done with my rant on that, it’s been bothering me for awhile now. Sometimes it’s hard to be super analytical of the reality of movies and television shows, but whatever, it’s what I do sometimes. Now then, back to how frustrating feelings, thoughts, and emotions are sometimes. They’re great, don’t get me wrong, but man, sometimes they are super confusing. And if you throw being tired into the mix, that doesn’t help at all. It’s been hard getting back into the swing of things at school and my internship. There’s a lot of stuff to be done in both capacities. I’m supposed to run an educational group, if I really want to, sometime in February and that terrifies me because 1. I’m shy and hate talking in front of people and 2. I don’t know what I would present on that could keep the kids engaged for an hour. How in the world am I supposed to do this?! And what about school?! That induces a ton of stress! I’m taking an online class this year, just because in some ways it’s more convenient, but in actuality it’s really hard to take online classes sometimes. Then there’s the social life aspect, not that it’s super exhausting, but still, I’m not a complete hermit who never does anything with anyone. I got invited to the second Firefly party, so I’m really excited about that! I may have already mentioned that in a previous post, but I don’t remember. So yes, while I’m not being chased because of a curse I have that allows me to control frozen stuff, I still have plenty of swirling emotions that I experience, and that can be exhausting.

Always,

-M

P.S. Is it weird that I find it amusing how worked up people get over football?