"“I will marry you, mama. I will marry you when I grow up.”
“I love you, sweet child, however I will not be the one to marry you. You will find another to love and he will be there when you are older and ready.”
“Who is he?”
“Beautiful girl, he will be Prince Charming. He will be handsome and love you forever.”
“When will I be ready?
“You will know when you find him, pretty girl, don’t you worry. You will know when he is the one.”
“I will marry Prince Charming when I’m older.”
“Yes my precious daughter, now sleep tight. Let’s tuck you in and know I am holding you tight as you dream of beauty and love. I will see you in the morning sun. I love you.”
….. closes her eyes to a beautiful fantasy, filled with the genuine love of her mother, trusting… she drifts to the fantasy that will change the course of her dating life forever.
SHE NEVER FOUND PRINCE CHARMING. DEPRESSED AND LOSING HOPE SHE MARRIES THE WRONG GUY IN AN ATTEMPT TO FILL A VOID WHEN HER MOTHER DIES UNEXPECDTELY. WHEN SHE SURVIVED THE TRADGEDY OF DEATH, SHE THEN TOOK ON DIVORCE AND BEGAN THE JOURNEY OF ‘FINDING GREY’ AT 41 YEARS OLD….." - LM
Until days before finalizing THE BIG SHOW's text, this story was titled "Handing Down The Bridal Burden." As I am adamantly in love with love, this was a term of inner conflict.... as I do see the story as both of my intentions (as "Tradition" and as "Burden"). The thought was to be insightful to our undertones in life, not one of a gloomy demeanor.
As a young girl, I, like so many others, enjoyed the fairytales of my animated princesses all with counterpart to complete their wildest adventures. The childish dreams of a future husbands raging about. As an adolescent, I may have drifted from my princess pals, but found them again in life as soon as I was unlocking the studio door, late at night, to my small (anxiety-ridden) dog.... The idea of a man to come in an save the day crossed my mind on more than one occasion... On my journey to be an individual, my largest struggle is to love myself. But in this struggle is actually a war... "Handing Down The Bridal Tradition" is a story of self-love, love of the individual, and therefore hopeful of true love.