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A Modern Fairy Tale

Urban Panther’s submission to the How We Met writing contest was actually the first to arrive in the email box and it brought me great hope and relief!

Elizabeth has a delightful and poignant writing style and I look forward to her weekly short stories on her blog site. Her essay was a true winner following all the criteria and then introducing the reader to internet introductions.

On her About page Elizabeth shares:
The Urban Panther is a Business Architect by day and a Writer by night. She lives in Quebec, Canada, with her beloved Urbane Lion. She’s English and he’s French, so life is never dull!
The Lair is like a virtual kitchen table. Grab a beverage of your choice, pull up a chair, and join in the discussions. Sometimes serious, sometimes hilarious, but always thoughtful and thought provoking.

Without further hesitation here is her magical writing:

A Modern Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a woman in her forties, who had left a long term relationship.

She was doing the online dating thing, and while she had met some very nice men, none of them really clicked for her. And growing weary of this, she determined she was quite happy being alone.

Being content to not settle on just anybody as a life partner, she wrote a very detailed list of the qualities she wanted in a man. And for good measure, she threw in the fact that he must own a boat.

Once upon a time there was a man in his forties, who had left a long term relationship.

He was doing the online dating thing, and while he had met some very nice women, none of them really clicked for him. And growing weary of this, he determined he was quite happy being alone.

Being content to not settle on just anybody as a life partner, he wrote a very detailed list of the qualities he wanted in a woman. And for good measure, he threw in the fact that she must play the piano.

One day, the woman met the man through an online dating site. They chatted, and were both gratified to discover that neither wanted to rehash their pasts, as is so common with online daters. Instead, they talked about food and vintage cars.

After a week of chatting, the man brazenly invited himself to a party the woman was attending. The woman boldly told him to come along.

And she went down to the lobby of her apartment to wait for his arrival.

As the man came up the steps to the front door, the woman burst into a huge smile. For she instantly recognized the man from her list.

Looking at the woman through the front door, the man burst into a huge smile. For he instantly recognized the woman from his list.

And the more they spent time together, the more they realized that every quality on their lists was met.

And to this day, the man and the woman enjoy many tranquil hours on their boat.

And to this day, the man and the woman enjoy many lyrical moments by the piano.

And they are truly happy, for they knew what they wanted, and they found it.

The End

15 Responses to “A Modern Fairy Tale”

  1. Positively Present Says:

    Oh, how absoluately lovely! What a great fairy tale…It is beautifully written and it made me very happy to read this. Thank you for sharing it! Elizabeth, this is truly a modern love story and I’m so happy it was posted here. Beautiful!

    Positively Presents last blog post..happiness (is not) for sale!

  2. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    A beautiful tale, and very well written. And it’s based on a true story! :)

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..10 Ways To Love Yourself As A Woman

  3. Patricia Says:

    Positively Present,
    It is such a lovely short,short story and it has some magic to it!

  4. Patricia Says:

    Vered,
    I am so happy to be sharing all of these lovely tales about “How I met” And yes this is based on a true story.

  5. Kelly Says:

    Patricia,

    Thanks for sharing Liz’s entry. I’ve loved her fairy tale from the first time I heard of it. The Lion is a very lucky cat to have such a wise and centered lady by his side… and she sure can spin a tale. Delightful.

    Regards,

    Kelly

    Kellys last blog post..Inspiration Points: So That’s What’s Up With Her!

  6. patricia Says:

    Kelly,
    Doesn’t Elizabeth write a good story and they sound like such a special couple.

    Thank you for taking me up on the self promotion – I want lots of folks to read these lovely tales

  7. Liara Covert Says:

    What an inspiraional story. As a person chooses to believe in fairytales, they really do come true. What a great lesson!

    Liara Coverts last blog post..8 Ways to reframe everything

  8. Patricia Says:

    Liara,
    A great lesson and lovely writing! A double treat

  9. UrbanPanther Says:

    Hello everyone!

    Yes, fairy tales do come true. You just need to have a very clear idea of the characters you want in them before you start writing them :)

    Thanks, Patricia. Writing this was a lot of fun. Sharing it even more so!

    UrbanPanthers last blog post..Embarrassed by my fellow females

  10. Patricia Says:

    UP
    Glad to see you here and joining the discussion. This project has been very fun. Thank you for participating with such style

  11. Jannie Funster Says:

    That is just the sweetest! And told in the third person like that, how wonderful.

    After reading that, I must call my hubby at work just to tell him he’s so very special and it’s a true blessing that we met.

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Another chance!

  12. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    It is just so nice and to think there are 2 more coming up.
    I think people never tire of telling the story of how they met…

  13. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. Being a modern-day romantic, I can appreciate this story and how Elizabeth has told it. I agree with Jannie about the third person effect. This story reminds me of the lyrics to the Pina Colada Song by Rupert Holmes http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/pinacoladalyrics.html

    Davinas last blog post..Mindful Melancholy

  14. patricia Says:

    Davina,
    I just think people never get to tell the “how I met you” story enough in their lives….and it is always such a happy moment in people lives…
    Then there are all the happy meeting stories about:
    best friends
    babies
    puppies and kittens
    there is a happiness inherent in the potential of the story that just can not help but rub off.

  15. UrbanPanther Says:

    Jannie – did you phone your Hubby? :) The Lion and I send emails to each other several times a day at work with and “I miss you”, or “I love you”, or “I can wait to (fill in the blank with a suggestion that barely gets us fired from our jobs)” *wicked grin*

    Davina – I LOVE that song. Of course now it’s stuck in my head :)

    UrbanPanthers last blog post..Embarrassed by my fellow females