Dreaming of True Love’s Kiss? (SPOILER ALERT)

My grand daughter had me sit through the movie, Frozen, about four times last week.  I didn’t mind.  It is a great movie, slightly different from the typical meet Prince Charming and get the True Love’s Kiss to save you from an evil demise.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the typical fairy tale plot of falling in love at first sight and waiting and dreaming of True Love’s Kiss.  Works every time.  Enchanted is one of my most favorite Fairy Tale movies.

You know what is going to happen in each one.  Wicked witch or evil serpent or poison apple – it’s pretty much a given that something will happen to the Princess, and the charming Prince will save the day with a Kiss.  I love it.

But in Frozen there is a plot twist.  An unexpected end to the curse.  I love it more!  When that adorably funny snowman, Olaf, explains to Anna what True Love is, and then …….. it twists again to a bind of deep, true love between sisters; family!

Love, Love it!  It is so refreshing to watch this with my grand daughter, who has a sister now, and tell her things about sisterly love and family ties.  Of course, she is only two and a half and I’m not sure what she is getting from this, but I do know that she gets the “sister” part and she even implied that she, herself, was Elsa.  Too cute.

Here is Olaf explaining to Anna about True Love………. I won’t post the ultimate True Love video —- watch the movie, you will love it.


cate b

What a Character!






“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

Judy Garland

On this quest to write a daily blog for this month they have suggested prompts.  Today’s  prompt is “Who is your favourite character of all time?”

I chose Me!  I am quite the character and do believe that my closest friends will agree.  I could choose one of many Disney Princesses or a wonderfully accomplished woman of the past or present but I choose me.

my bitstrips app pic from Facebook
my bitstrips app pic from Facebook

I chose myself because it has taken sixty-two years attending the School of Hard Knocks to really know who I am and feel good about me.  I have in no way received my full degree yet from said school and don’t expect to until I graduate to heaven.  I have many more classes I want to take.  I don’t always feel that I turned in the best assignments and do not pass all the tests the first time around.  But Life allows me to take them over and over until I get them right.  I’m good with that.  I’ve skipped many classes and field trips but no worries, they come around again.

So why Me?  I’ll tell you.

I am a Princess – I may wear sneakers and wellies and jeans most of the time but I clean up pretty well.  I can feel the tiniest pea under seven or more mattresses http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_and_the_Pea

The Princess and the Pea
The Princess and the Pea

I believe all women are Princesses and all men Princes.

I’m fun and enjoy fun.  I love silly things and can giggle easily.  I’m smart and I do believe I am important.  I am kind and loving yet firm and confident.  I can dance like the most graceful dancer (in my head) and i can run like the fastest runner (in my head).  I can swim like a Mermaid (again, in my head).

I have raised four children and loved every minute.  I buried one way too early but I go on.  I have five wonderfully extraordinary grand children and look forward to more.  I attended a Police Academy for ten days dressed in men’s clothes when I was fifty-one years old (future blog) and that was one of the hardest things I’ve done on purpose – but it built character in me, taught me things I could never have learned if I didn’t try.

Dear reader, know that I do not always feel the way I wrote above about myself.  But I do believe it is true.  I fail daily but I do believe that I can try over and over and over again to be Me.  And that is what I consider success.  One of my strongest passions in life is to see potential in others and cheer them on to get there.  Because you CAN do it.  You can achieve the desires in your heart, those things you keep down deep and are afraid to bring to the surface.  And more importantly you can be Kind, Smart, Important and Beautiful.  With those things engraved into your heart you can accomplish anything!

Enjoy!  Love  your life!

cate b

Pollyanna Syndrome

Being a child of the 50’s and 60’s , to me, was a magical time.  Television was fairly new and in black and white for our home.  I say magical because it was as I look back.  Perhaps not so magical living through it.  Our family faced tragedy early on and things were a bit, well, today we would say dysfunctional.  Back then they would say, actually, they wouldn’t say! Hahaha.

My personality was a plus for me.  I tend to be a bit cheery and humorous and I know that helped me through a lot of tough lonely times.  Having an active imagination helped greatly also.

So, today, the 31st of May in the year 2013, as I sit in a dark gloomy kitchen due to the fact that it is raining once again in the mid west of the US of A, I was thinking about perspective and that reminded me of Pollyanna.  Those of you who are not familiar with the Disney movie starring Hayley Mills (my all time favorite actress and my dog is named after her) then I will give you a little insight.

Pollyanna was the daughter of a missionary family.  Poor, but happy.  She found herself orphaned and sent to live with a very wealthy aunt who was also the matriarch of a small town.  Not happy people.  Aunt was unhappy and therefore the town was due to her controlling.  Pollyanna comes along with a very positive approach to life and it un-nerves people.  We all know at least one Pollyanna – that person who is perpetually cheery or finds the good in everything when you want a pity party.  Who invited her  anyway???

But, Pollyanna’s attitude wins out.  Her attitude rubs off on people.  And I think her attitude it right.  So, for all of us (I said us) who want a pity party today……. here is a little Pollyanna clip of The Glad Game to help us see life from both sides.


cate b

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