As the ochre light of the rising sun began to bleed into the deep denim blue of the early morning sky my mind was still spinning its thoughts despite my desire to sleep.
"Once upon a time." "Once upon a time."
Don't great little stories begin with "Once upon a time..."? And when they do, you know they finish with "happily ever after," don't you?
My busy little mind kept thinking about "Once upon a time..."
When I married my high school sweetheart, I just knew it was the beginning of my "Once upon a time..." But then it didn't work out.
When I married the father of my children, I was certain it was the beginning of my "Once upon a time..."
When I had first my son, then my daughter, each time I hoped it was the beginning of my "Once upon a time..."
After 15 years, it also didn't work out with the unspouse.
I look at my children and I know it won't be long now till they have mostly separate lives from mine.
The early morning thinking made me realize none of these events were my "Once upon a time...". They were the high moments in my personal story line.
I realize my "Once upon a time..." began the day I was born. And beginning a few years ago, my "happily ever after" is now. I'm in the very best part of my life.
This is the part of my life where I know myself. I'm happy with myself. I know what I want and need for myself. I know that there will be more highlights to my life. Having come through so many lessons and having learned from them, there will also be more things that won't work out but there will be a lot less of them to come than in the past.
Rather than the Rocky mountain peaks and valleys of the story line of my past I now see beautiful, lush rolling hills of my life spreading out in front of me.
THIS is my "happily ever after". THIS till my last day is the very best part of my life!
And this is the sound of my heart, the sound of my soul, the soundtrack of the life ahead of me...
What about you? When and where do you believe your "Once upon a time..." and your "happily ever after" began?