Disney movies have changed drastically for me in 23 years.
Through my 7-year-old eyes, Beauty and the Beast was enchanting. I watched the movie dreaming of meeting my prince charming and living happily ever after. Innocently, I believed I would find this man and live a life of constant happiness, smiling, dancing, and singing.
Through my 30-year-old eyes, Beauty and the Beast is still enchanting but I can’t watch it without a skeptical smile. I did marry prince charming… sort of. We do live happily ever after… most of the time. Do I constantly smile, dance, and sing throughout adulthood? Not so much. But that’s ok because I know the reality is that love, marriage, and motherhood are complex relationships. They are not perfect fairytales. [Read more…]