Cinderella and Me
Once, years ago now, a friend told me I was suffering from Cinderella Syndrome. Since it was a fellow teacher, I shrugged my shoulders and agreed, “Probably is my problem.” Neither she nor I liked to dress up for a morning function, and then go home and pull weeds, pair socks, or iron shirts. No! Why not be “Cinderella” all day? I had a bout of that this morning. I went to the nursing home where I volunteer. I was so appreciated and admired, and came home, well, to silence. The vacuum cleaner seemed to snicker at me, the dog yawned, no one cooked for me, and my energy level plummeted.
Back in 1697, when Cinderella first hit the publishing market, it was published anonymously. Later, Charles Parrault admitted to the fairy tale. The middle class had accepted his story. Fairy tales, in literature has been studied tirelessly. Two years ago I tutored a college student through an English Literature II class and we absorbed Jack Zipes’s book, the Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (Oxford Pub. 2000) as well as the version of poetic renderings by Anne Sexton. It was quite an adventure. For his final paper, Nathan wrote on the role of stepmothers in fairy tales and real life. Unlike Anne Sexton, we came to appreciate the history hidden in those long ago tales.
Cinderella’s story differs to the point of 345 versions, 44 languages, operas, films, stage, books, poems, coloring books, dolls, musical scores, comic books, little girls’ dresses and shoes, ballets, and even an ice show. I actually found a site called “Cinderella” on Pinterest! (It sells really high end shoes.) It certainly shows that a majority of the population enjoys literary justice.
Since I am not really a Cinderella, I had to come off my cloud and go back to normal activity. After all, life is so ordinary. I need to appreciate ordinary days. In fact, I think we should all be thankful for routine things. The truth of Hebrews 13:8 is not only true of Jesus, “. . . the same yesterday, today, forever.” but also truth for everyday living. It is so important for a parent, boss, neighbor, employee, too. Consistency will take us off of the elevated cloud back to reality. It puts us under the care and guidance of living in the Shepherd’s presence.