A Fairy Tale! The Healing Power of Love (and Adoption)
This is the story I told my two young songs Ben and Sam (8 and 5), when they were listening to this song (which contains the very adult concepts of devotion, despair, and redemption) and wondering what it was about.
Once upon a time there was a beautiful princess. She met a handsome prince, and they fell in love! The prince asked the princess to be his bride, and she happily agreed. The royal wedding came on a beautiful hot, sunny day in the month of June. There was much merriment as all those who loved the prince and the princess gathered. "I love you heart and soul, forever and ever," said the Prince. "I love you heart and soul forever and ever," said the princess. For that was their secret, special incantation of love. Just as the wedding party was about to head inside, the skies turned a deep, frightening black color. As they walked inside to the royal reception hall: BAM! the blackness dropped down HARD, out of the sky, and onto the royal garden where their wedding had been performed. It was a gigantic, menacing storm. The princess stood from within the safety of the royal reception hall and looked out at the storm and wondered aloud: "What does this mean?! Is it something bad?" But the prince knew better. "Oh, no, it's something good! The rain only came once it was time for us to go inside!" "Oh," said the princess, and she proceeded on to the rest of her wonderful royal wedding day.
THE DIFFICULT AND TERRIBLE PART OF THE STORY
But one day something happened that was terrible. The princess was walking along in the royal garden when all of a sudden: BAM! Her whole entire body stopped working and she dropped down HARD to the royal sidewalk. The royal doctor was rushed in, and after looking her over carefully, she gave the royal prognosis to the princess: "This is not good," she said. "This is the first time this has happened, but it will not be the last. Your body has a Dropping Disease. You will fall to the ground, BAM! many times in your life. You will never see it coming. It will not be safe for you to ride your horse alone ever again. Even your royal baths are now something you must no longer do alone. And, princess, because of the Dropping Disease, you may never, ever carry a child. Too dangerous. Too dangerous.
And so the princess's life changed dramatically. The prince accompanied her everywhere he could. He dramatically altered the course of his royal duties to be by her side as much as possible. And he helped her find just the right aides to accompany her when he could not. He looked her deeply in her eyes, and professed his love for her every single day. The princess tried to stay happy, and tried to return the prince's loving gaze, but deep inside a dark seed began to grow. She hid her pain, not wanting to hurt or frighten her beloved prince. But because she hid her pain, he could not fully see it, and so he missed many chances to throw his face into cakes at every turn, and invite forward her princessly smile. The princess got sadder, and more lonely, and more despondent. Until finally, one day, she knew what she must do. She summoned all of her courage, and went to the prince to tell him of her decision. It was the most loving act she had ever attempted, and it was breaking her heart in two.
THE PRINCESS'S SOLUTION
"My dear prince," she said, trembling. "I have thought about this carefully and for a long time. My Dropping Disease is a curse upon us. It has ripped away our happiness and made your life far too hard. Because I love you with all of my heart I know now what I must do. I must give you my blessing to leave me. To go out and find a princess to love who is healthy enough to give you an heir. And who is healthy enough to love you as I do, but without all this dropping." The princess was crying now, for she knew that nothing in her life was ever as fully loving and as fully giving as this choice. And that no moment in her life would ever be as painful, either. She would live alone with her Dropping Disease. And the prince would begin life anew. "Go," she said. "Go and find the life, and the child, that you were meant to have. I will no longer hold you back. You may go."
THE PRINCE'S RESPONSE
The air was filled with silence for one second, then two, and then three. And when the prince's response came, it came from deep, deep within him. He opened his mouth. He tipped back his head.
And the prince laughed! He laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed!
"I love you heart and soul, forever and ever!" he said.
He wrapped the sobbing princess in his arms and held her in a way that made it clear, forever and ever: This is our life, this is our love, and I am here.
And it was only a heartbeat between that moment and the next, where the prince and princess and their royal entourage travelled off, and off, to the other end of the earth together, to seek and find a baby prince, who had been born far away in a mystical land, under magical stars. And, with he blessings of his native land, to return with him to their castle and to raise him as their own, which, from the moment they first held him, he was.
And they all lived happily ever after.
Anna Huckabee Tull
There you are, staring up at the skies
And smiling into my eyes, sunny weather
Beautiful hot, hot day in June
Best day in the world to marry you
Let's go make a life, together
And watch the world as it open side
And tease me a little when I get too uptight
And throw your face in a cake when I cry
And hold me forever, and ever...
And when the skies turn wild
Blowing hot, harsh winds, blinding our eyes
When it drops down hard
And we didn't see it coming, and we didn't see it coming
All that rain... All that pain... Will you stay? Will you stay?
I love you heart and soul and I love you heart and soul and...
Here you are, gazing into Jake's eyes
Tossing him up to the blue, blue skies, sunny weather
Tickle him, giggle him, make him laugh
Up on your shoulders, splash down in the bath
All the way across the world and back, we're together
And all the rest that lies ahead
All the days to discover yet, well
I am by your side all set
To love you forever
In all kinds of weather
I would choose no other, forever
I love you heart and soul and I love you heart and soul and
I love you heart and soul forever and ever
(c) 2007 Anna Huckabee Tull, Custom Crafted Songs
"So...did this princess REALLY call you, Mom?" asked my son Sam (5). "Yes, she did" I said. "Her name is Erin. And she had me write this song for her family's first Father's Day, which happened to be the same day as her wedding anniversary. Erin lives in Connecticut-- just one state over from us." "They have princesses in Connecticut?!" asked Ben (8), incredulously. "Well, sure they do." I said. "Every bit as much as we have two princes who live right here in our house." " Did the Dropping Disease ever go away? Did she ever get better??" asked Sam. "Yes, she did ," said I. "That's the funny thing. She got ALL better. That's the thing about all the very BEST fairy tales. They have a scary part. But it s JUST scary enough to crack your heart wide open. And that crack in the heart? You know what that crack is? That's how all the love gets in!"
"Oh," said Ben. "So can we listen to it again?" "Oh yes," said their mother. Because aside from 'I love you,' those were her very favorite words to hear.
Anna Huckabee Tull is a princess, too, who is lucky enough to live in a big PINK house (all true!) with two stunning little princes, and one truly magical love-of-a-lifetime, all-grown-up prince of her very own. She also happens to be an award-winning Singer-Songwriter with five national CD releases, including the recently-released "Every Day" a collection of songs exploring the relationships between parents and children, young and old. Anna is also a Psychologist and Life Coach, with a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology and Applied Psychology. [More about Anna]. The backing vocals on this song were done by Princess Anna as well. And the acoustic guitar was created by none other than the Royal Court Officiant, Eric Kilburn, Esq.