Once upon a time in a land not so far away, we found Cinderella, a.k.a. Cindy, all grown up and married with two children. It was a Saturday and Cindy was doing all her normal chores. The day was spent scrubbing the floors and bathrooms on her hands and knees while doing laundry—of course there is always laundry! This Saturday was a bit different than the norm. There was a holiday ball that evening and Cindy was so excited to go. She treated herself to the most perfect party dress and shoes. She enjoyed a nice relaxing bath and took extra care in getting herself ready for the big event. Her makeup was perfect. Her hair was perfect. With all the daily chores done, she knew that she could relax and have a great time.
It was time to go and reveal her splendor to her husband and family. As she emerged from the bedroom, she asked eagerly if they all liked the dress. Silence filled the air. Her daughter was first to speak and she simply said that the dress fit very well. When asked if she liked it, she stated again that the dress was “okay” and that it fit really well. Her husband, her darling husband, made the crushing comment “Do you like the dress?” Cindy was instantly self-conscious and at the same time annoyed, for she felt beautiful. How dare they not see or feel her beauty! Cindy made the bold decision not to change and off they went to the party.
The party started out very nicely and all was well until they were to enter the ballroom and take their dinner seats. Low and behold, sitting at the very next table was a woman wearing the same dress! Cindy’s heart skipped a beat as she took in the horror. Not only was it the same dress, but the woman had to be about half the size of Cindy! Sadly, Cindy had to admit that the dress looked very cute on the other woman and she did not wear a wrap with it, which Cindy did. Cindy was always self-conscious about her arms, but today she decided she would start with a wrap and then take it off when the dancing started. Today, she felt bold and ready to bare them all. The other woman didn’t seem to notice the duplicate dresses, but it didn’t matter, for Cindy’s heart was already trampled. All her efforts for this evening were for naught. She could no longer be the Belle of the Ball she was dreaming of—how could she if there was someone else wearing the same dress!
She knew she had to get herself together or the whole evening would be ruined! She excused herself and went to the bathroom and went before her best friend, the mirror, to seek advice. She looked deeply into her own eyes and smiled. You see, Cindy loves and trusts her reflection, for she knows that the mirror never lies. She always listens to what the reflection has to say. The mirror advised Cindy to relax and let it go. So what if there was someone else with the same dress? Cindy was gorgeous and just as perfect for that dress as the other woman. Obviously both ladies had great taste! Just because the other woman wore a smaller size than Cindy doesn’t automatically make her the Belle of the Ball. And, the mirror explained, what it really comes down to is this: as long as Cindy feels like the Belle of the Ball, then she is the Belle of the Ball.
Cindy thanked her friend and went out to enjoy the rest of the evening. When the evening was over, Cindy reflected back over the drama/trauma of it all and she decided that she was very happy that she wore her party dress, for she felt beautiful in it. She realized yet again that it truly doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks as long as she is happy with herself.
And so Cinderella, a.k.a. Cindy, survived another life lesson reinforcing what is really important to her and lived happily ever after.