"And then the princess found herself locked in a tower surrounded by a stinky moat with crocodiles and a huge scary giant guarding the door," I read to my niece with lots of expression….eyes wide open and a deep voice….
A routine bed time story activity that we follow…..
Then, I made a sad face and continued softly… "So, the poor princess waited and waited for her prince to come--"
"But, why was she waiting for the prince, mama?!" asked the little girl, impatiently.
Now I became impatient and asked…”Who do you think will come and save her”…
I added…”If you are going to ask such silly questions, I will be forced to stop the story”
But she went on.."But, mama, why did she need a prince to save her?"
I was at a loss of words and completely blank…”Uhh... hmm...to fight with the giant and….”
She continued….."If it were me, I would have fought with the giant and killed him…then rode on the white horse all the way down the hill…through that thick forest….swam across the sea….and reached the palace….and……
"This princess is stupid….I don’t like the story"….. she discarded the book and walked away.
Something about the girl made me extremely happy.
I guess it is time to rewrite the fairy tales……
Modern Fairy Tales: Lets teach the girl child to be self-sufficient and independent rather than waiting for a prince or a miracle to happen!