I made a video adressing black women about setting aside false notions and making the decision to develop realistic expectations when it comes to their own “Happily Ever After.” As God’s children, our standards should be based off his word and what we uniquely want and desire, never Disney or reality TV.
Fairy tales are just that. They are stories that have an element of truth based in fantasy. Here is a written excerpt from my You Tube video and the summary is taken from the article “9 Things About the Original Brothers Grimm Cinderella Story that are Nothing Like the Disney Version.”
How about we start with the real Cinderella. Let’s set aside the Disney tale and learn of the Brothers Grimm 1812 version of Cinderella or Aschenputtel nine facts from the original source.
Fact #1: Although the character of Cinderella is described as an archetype of the down trodden, under-privileged one living in obscurity by a twist of fate encounters great success. This wasn’t the Cinderella we know. She was a witch the tricks and assistance from a magic tree, enchanted birds, with the ability to disappear.
Fact #2: Cinderella could hide very well in a pear tree and pigeon coop as opposing to being locked up in a room by her wicked step sisters.
Fact #3: Cinderella’s father was never dead. In fact, he was annoying and quite destructive. When the prince came to his house looking for his daughter, the father chopped the pear tree and smashed the pigeon coop knowing that she could have been in either one.
Fact #4: The Step mother was never envious of Cinderella’s beauty, never gave her chores, and never made her bathe her cat Lucifer.
Fact #5: Cinderella never had mice and birds to help her with her chores and fix her mother’s dress to go to the ball. Because the step mother had a peculiar obsession with lentils, the deal was if Cinderella could pick up three cups of lentils out of the garden, she could go to the ball. Cinderella dispatches her bird soldiers to pick up the lentils, then she goes to the ball.
Fact #6: The fairy godmother was a tree that grew on her mother’s grave out of a twig. When her father went on a trip he asked her what she wanted and she said she wanted a twig while the step sisters asked for gold and pearls. She plants the twig on her mother’s grave and waters it with her tears. When the tree is full grown, it will then give her whatever she wants.
Fact #7: The darling prince was a trickster and laid a trap to get her. During one of the balls, the prince was said to put pitch on the palace floors so he can keep the shoe and find out who she was.
Fact #8: The wicked step sisters unable to fit into the shoe was a half-truth: Fit into the shoe = cut off bits of your feet. One of the step sisters cut off her big toe, the other her heel.
How does the prince find out? It was the birds warning the prince twice sitting on the Hazel Tree of Death singing a song about how the blood filled shoes were by the step sisters.
Fact #9: The birds made a pact with the prince to get Cinderella to the throne by way of marriage and they would handle the wicked step sisters. On her wedding day when Cinderella was walking up the aisle, the step sisters tried to steal her glory, so the bird soldiers as a part of the pact plucked their eyes out and made them blind.
And that is how Cinderella got to marry the prince.