Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Looking for a Prince

October 2000, IHS Freshman Maid (Click picture for larger view) Posted by Picasa

....but, Kissing a Frog.
"A frog in love would not be enchanted to learn that her beloved had turned into Prince Charming." ~ Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).
"When you want to marry a prince you will have to kiss many frogs." ~ Dutch Proverb
Vicki is the Site of the Day today. She wants to turn her picture of a frog into a novel. You will just have to visit her to figure out what this means. Vicki has however found her prince.

Nyssa kissed "this" frog once. He didn't turn into a prince. Perhaps he was too busy and interested in reading his novel or maybe his being made out of copper had something to do with it. I think it made a good picture though. Moms don't usually like to take pictures of their daughters kissing real frogs; amphibian or human types. We know they have to kiss a lot of them to find their prince but we are always hoping that is not an over-the-top number.

Mothers also hope the frog that the daughter picks is worthy of her and truly a prince under all that slime; especially when the mother's frog was a bust.
"With magic, you can turn a frog into a prince. With science, you can turn a frog into a Ph.D and you still have the frog you started with. ~ Terry Pratchett, from The Science of Discworld
If only life were more like fairy tales and the "happily ever after" existed. How boring that would be. The bumps and pits in relationships make life interesting and the frog princes need a down-to-earth practical side as well. So do the beautiful daughter princesses. The moral of the story is to choose your frog wisely. The handsome, colorful and shiny blue and green frogs with the smoothest skin and the most melodious song are often of the poison variety, deadly. The plain, ordinary, warty toad may actually make the best prince. Try not to end up like this princess:
"I would prefer that you not hop around on the furniture," said the Princess. "And it might be nice if you got out of the castle once in awhile to slay a dragon or giant or whatever."

The Prince didn't feel like going out and slaying anything. He just felt like running away. But then he reread his book. And it said right there at the end of his story: "They lived happily ever after. The End."

So he stayed in the castle and drove the Princess crazy.

~ Jon Scieszka The Frog Prince Continued (Viking, 1991)
P.S. Judy at Just Ask Judy gave me another quote about frogs. I knew she would come through as she collects them...frogs that is...not the kind that turn to princes. I studied this quote and think it pertains to me rather than Nyssa or Vicki.
"Princess, having had sufficient experience with princes, seeks frog". ~ Unknown
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