‘Tickling Butterflies’ – The Woman Who Wanted to Please Her Mother

I’m serializing my fairy tale novel, Tickling Butterflies. A new fairy tale ‘episode’ is published every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

Here’s the story so far.

Enjoy the latest fairy tale:

The Woman Who Wanted to Please Her Mother

(Containing the loving tale of an impractical marriage.)

During the time of his journey to the Happily Ever After Home for the Married, King John the Cute came upon a man, a woman, and a mother.

He sat beside them, and asked them to tell him their tale.

Once upon a time, they began, Patty the Pleasing was born to her mother, Harriet the Harsh. Harriet the Harsh had many hopes for her daughter, that she would find love and marry and thus bring joy to her mother. Harriet the Harsh had hoped that one day Patty the Pleasing would give her grandchildren, which would make Harriet the Harsh very happy.

Patty the Pleasing loved her mother, which of course meant that she wanted to make her very happy. Whenever she could, she would please her mother. She never did anything that she knew her mother would disapprove of.

Every day on the last day of her childhood, Patty the Pleasing’s mother told her how it would please her if she found a good man. Patty the Pleasing asked around, and someone suggested that she meet Bob the Bland.

Knowing the meeting would please her mother, Patty the Pleasing invited Harriet the Harsh to the meeting. Patty the Pleasing and Harriet the Harsh liked Bob the Bland. Fortunately, Bob the Bland liked Patty the Pleasing and Harriet the Harsh.

And so, during their days of courting, whenever Patty the Pleasing would walk hand in hand with Bob the Bland, she would always bring her mother to see.

Whenever Patty the Pleasing and Bob the Bland kissed, Harriet the Harsh would always be there, to look and approve. Patty the Pleasing was a very good girl and loved her mother and therefore married Bob the Bland and dedicated the ceremony to her mother.

Once the couple was married, Harriet the Harsh let it be known that she would not be pleased unless the two gave her a grandchild. And so Patty the Pleasing and Bob the Bland worked very hard to give Harriet the Harsh a grandson. And at every stage of the effort, Harriet the Harsh was there to look and approve.

Once a grandchild was born, Harriet the Harsh let it be known that she would not be pleased until the two gave her a sum total of four grandchildren. And so Patty the Pleasing and Bob the Bland worked very hard to give Harriet more grandchildren. One more grandchild was born, then another, and then the fourth was born. And at every stage of these efforts, Harriet the Harsh was there to look and approve.

Once all four grandchildren were born, Harriet the Harsh let it be known that she would not be pleased until two more grandchildren would be produced. Only this would make her happy, she explained. But by this stage, the couple was too old to make more children.

Since Harriet the Harsh was disappointed by this fact, Patty the Pleasing found another solution. Patty the Pleasing and Bob the Bland were about to move to the Happily Ever After Home for the Married. To make Harriet the Harsh happy, they took her along with them.

They did not need an extra room for Harriet the Harsh. Nor did they need an extra bed for her. Harriet the Harsh slept between Pat the Pleasing and Bob the Bland, so that she could see best what the two were doing at all times.

“And we’ve lived happily ever after,” said Patty the Pleasing, while Bob the Bland and Harriet the Harsh nodded.

“That is a very interesting story,” said King John the Cute. “And you have lived very interesting lives. Yet that is not exactly what I seek in my quest. Have any of you, during the days of your long lifetimes, seen something extraordinary, some mystery, or perhaps even a solution to a mystery?”

Patty the Pleasing shook her head. “I have never seen anything strange.”

Bob the Bland shook his head. “I have never seen anything strange, either.”

“What about you?” King John the Cute asked Harriet the Harsh. “You are older. Perhaps you have seen something ancient and mysterious?”

Harriet the Harsh thought for one minute and one second, and said, “The only mysterious thing I have seen is the mystery of why I do not have more grandchildren.”

King John the Cute said, “That may be a mystery, but probably not of the kind I am searching for.” He rose from his chair. “Thank you for your time. May you keep living happily ever after.”

Harriet the Harsh caught the king’s hand. “What about you? Have you found your love? Will you come to live here happily ever after?”

King John the Cute frowned. “I fear I am not destined to live happily ever after, for I shall die soon. Now, if you excuse me, I must continue on my quest.”

This has been the loving tale of an impractical marriage.

(To be continued on Tuesday…)

The Emoticon Generation by Guy Hasson

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