Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cinderella dressed in yellow...

Cinderella dressed in yellow
Went upstairs to kiss a fellow
Made a mistake
Kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take?

I didn’t kiss a snake, but it did take a doctor or two to fix me up last night. My life has been a little crazy lately. My only child graduated from high school last week. Being an only child (and an only grandchild), plenty of family members came in town to celebrate this milestone in my son’s life. At times it was a bit overwhelming. Then, the day after everyone left, I took a tumble in a pizza parlor and sprained my foot. Right there amid the red checkered tablecloths and bubbling mozzarella, I watched my foot swell to about three times its normal size.

After I finished my pizza (hey – I have my priorities), my son (the high school graduate – insert heaping dose of parental pride here) and his girlfriend took me to an emergency medical clinic. The medical professionals x-rayed me and told me my foot wasn’t broken, but somehow I still ended up with a giant removable cast on my foot/ankle and orders to get lots of rest with my feet up.

So I went home and watched a DVD. It was a toss-up between Cinderella and Lady & the Tramp. Yes, I love Disney. And I have the personalized mouse-ears to prove it. I chose Cinderella. I haven’t seen it in a long time and besides…the color of my foot was starting to resemble the lovely blue of Cinderella’s ball gown.

Several of my son’s friends drifted in and out of the house and each and every one of them stopped, plopped down in the living room with me and watched the movie. I guess no one is immune to the feel-good quality of a good fairy tale. Even my dog Angel propped her chin up on my cast and stared at the plasma screen. She especially loved the little singing mice.

What is it that makes a good fairy tale so irresistible? I think it’s something more meaningful than just those fab glass stilettos. Even though I would walk through coals for a pair of shoes like that (cumbersome cast not withstanding). I believe we are all drawn to these stories because we want to believe something like that could happen to us. Somehow, somewhere there’s someone who can make all our wildest dreams come true.

The good news is that it’s true. God is that someone. He wants to make our dreams come true. Sometimes, of course, His idea of what’s best for us is slightly different than ours. But He is the God of the universe. His plans are better than anything you or I could come up with. Not only is this the truth, it is also the premise for my new novella from White Rose Publishing, Once Upon a Collar.

Once Upon a Collar is a modern, inspirational twist on the traditional fairy tale. And best of all – like a gift from a fairy godmother – it will be available FREE to anyone. Even those who forget to wish upon a star. All you need to do is join the White Rose Publishing Reader’s Group on Yahoo. To join the group, simply click here:

Don’t miss out on Once Upon a Collar and other inspirational free reads. In the meantime, leave a comment and tell me what you love best about fairy tales. Or share some tips for getting around with this awful cast on my foot. Seriously, if Prince Charming showed up on my doorstep I couldn’t cram this thing into a glass slipper to save my life.

Blessings, Teri

Teri Wilson ~ Romancing the pet lover’s soul

Coming soon from White Rose Publishing:

Once Upon a Collar & Cup of Joe


JoAnn said...

Cinderella is my FAVORITE! I love that movie. My boys roll their eyes when they see me with the video, but like you said...something draws them in and before you know it, we're all on the couch.

BTW, I can't wait to read your story!

Cate Masters said...

Congrats on your upcoming release, Teri! And on your son's graduation.
Sorry to hear about your ankle - hope you heal fast. In the meantime, we wouldn't mind reading more great posts! ;)

Sharon Donovan said...

Some people will do anything for attention, right Teri? LOL All kidding aside, I feel for ya girlfriend. I hope the swelling and pain are gone in no time. Now about the fairy tale. We all need that special star to wish upon and we all need to remember the innocence of youth when we believe anything is possible. I remember when I was a little girl, I was so excited to watch The Wizard of Oz, I took a flying leap over my dad and brother while they were arm wrestling on the floor. I landed face down, my arm breaking my fall. It hurt like the dickens but I refused to let on how much because I didn't want to miss The Wizard. Well in the middle of the night, I was rushed in with a broken arm. But if I had to do it again, I wouldn't change a thing. A little pain was worth the price of admission. A little magic and a lot of make believe go a long way! I love the premise of your story and can't wait to read it. Feel better soon, Teri!

Sharon Donovan
Romantic Suspense with a Twist of Faith

Marianne Evans said...

Looking forward to a great read, Teri! Good for you for A) the graduation and B) finding a healthy dose of humor in a difficult situation. Hope you heal up quickly and fully. :-)

lastnerve said...

I loved CINDERELLA! I am so sorry about your foot but doesn't it feel good when everyone wants to be around you?


Caroline Clemmons said...

I think we love Cinderella and the happier fairy tales because the heroine overcomes seemingly insurmountable obstacles and gets to live happily ever after. It offers hope and a sort of mini pep talk to those who are feeling down. No matter how well things are going, we can all use a dose of hope for a better life.

Sorry about your foot. I especially sympathize since I am recovering from having my left foot rebuilt. Sitting with your foot up is not too bad, is it?

Good luck with your book.

Dianna F said...

I do not think I have a favorite fairy tale, but I love the whole having a man willing to do whatever it takes to get the girl of his dreams.

Missy Tippens said...

Oh, I can so relate! My son graduated last year, and I either had my boot on or had just gotten it off right at graduation. LOL (I broke my foot last April.)

Teri, tell your son congrats! And congrats to you on your cute novella!! I love the title and cover.


Tamra said...

Teri, you need to stay away from pizza parlors and rabid squirrels!

BTW - My five-year-old loves to play the Cinderella board game where you win jewels.

I will have to download Once Upon a Collar, because you're such a fantabulous writer!

Take care,

Linda LaRoque said...

Cinderella is a beautiful story, full of hope for the less fortunate. Wonderful post, Teri!

Laurean Brooks said...


I'm a romantic at heart, too. So sorry about that spill you took. If you weren't in a cast, I'd advise a paste made of apple cider vinegar and betonite clay, applied to the area, to take out the swelling and soreness. But with that cast, I suppose it's impossible.

Guess you can see that I'm big on natural remedies and alternative methods.

Your book cover is gorgeous, and I still believe in Cinderella. As a matter of fact my WIP is a Cinderella-type story, including the "controlling" stepmother.

Keep that foot propped and enjoy a few more great love stories. Have you ever seen "The Two Worlds of Jennifer Logan?" If not, it is a must-see. May be hard to find. It is a time-travel made in 1978, and stars Lindsey Wagner. Out of all the movies I'v seen that one sticks with me.


Elizabeth Pina said...

Everyone loves a happy ending, and if we didn't think there would be one then little point in getting out of bed each morning! Disney is wonderful at tears in the middle and celebration at the end.

So sorry about your ankle, Teri. All I can say is accept all the help you can get. Hmm, reminds me of my real snake bite. That was no fun. Maybe I'll blog about it one day.

I'm looking forward to your story too!

Emma Lai said...

I had completely forgotten about that little jump roping rhyme. Congrats on your son's graduation and the upcoming release! Hope your ankle heals fast.

Cami Checketts said...

Thanks, Teri. I'm excited to read this! Hope you get feeling better soon,