A while ago, I was asked these two questions in an interview:
First question: “Does Prince Charming exist?” My answer: “Absolutely not. This is why we turn to books”.
Second question: “What are your pet peeves?” My answer: “When my husband doesn’t hang up the bath mat”.
Aside from feeling a little guilty about airing my husband’s imperfections in public, I came to thinking, while putting away the washing, that the two answers are inextricably linked. Of course Prince Charming doesn’t exist, because he doesn’t have to concern himself with the subtle complexities of the modern domestic dwelling, meaning he doesn’t have the opportunity (nor probably the inclination) to do any of those things that rile us about the common man.
He has servants at the Fairy Castle to hang up the bathmat. A bathmat that was probably lovingly hand hand stitched from the finest cotton. He doesn’t have to take the trash out, which undoubtedly exits the castle in rustic wicker baskets, (they couldn’t possibly have plastic trash bags in Fairly Land, or any other kind of plastic packaging come to think of it…). Their trash would be carted to a picturesque compost heap on the edge of a kitchen garden with beautiful raised beds and enchanting glass houses…
Anyway, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of wonderful men out there who have a number of the characteristics one would associate with a Prince Charming, however, unfortunately, the reality of real life is that it has a horrible tendency to blot perfection. So for all those girls out there, especially those clinging to the blissful dream that some rich, good looking, preferably royal, successful, sporty, dance ready, polite, considerate man is one day just going to waltz into your life, clad you in silks and tiaras, and whisk you down the aisle, just keep reading the books. And whatever you do, at all costs, avoid clubbing venues any time after 11 o’clock on a Saturday night (once Covid’s over, of course…).
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