Τρίτη, 14 Νοεμβρίου 2006

GRACE & LOVE

Two Little Princesses named Aurora...


Once upon a time in a far away kingdom, the King and Queen were blessed with a little daughter, whom they named AURORA. Princess Aurora was named after the Roman goddess of the dawn "because she filled her father and mother's lives with sunshine."

At her christening, the good fairies Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather blessed her. Flora gave her the gift of beauty (gold of sunshine in her hair and lips that shame the red, red rose). Fauna gave her the gift of song, and it was her lovely singing voice that later attracted Prince Philip to her.

She was betrothed to Philip at birth, but this was never revealed to her before her sixteenth birthday. Maleficent, the film's villain and mistress of all evil, was upset at not being invited to Aurora's christening ceremony. So, she cursed her to die when she touched a spinning wheel's spindle on her sixteenth birthday.


Fortunately, Merryweather had not yet blessed Aurora. She used her blessing to change Maleficent's curse, so Aurora would not die when she touched the spinning wheel; instead, she would fall asleep until she was awakened by her true love's kiss. Knowing Maleficent would stop at nothing, because her powers were far too great, the three good fairies took Aurora to live with them in the woods, where they could keep her safe from any harm until she turned sixteen and the curse was made void. To fully protect her, they even changed her name to Briar Rose.


Rose grew into a very beautiful woman, with shining blond hair, rose-red lips, and a slender figure. One day, when she was sent to pick berries by her "Aunts" (Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather), Aurora ended up singing to entertain her animal friends. Her angelic voice gained the attention of Prince Philip, who had grown into a handsome young man and was out riding in the woods. When they met, they instantly fell in love with each other. Realizing that she had to return home, Rose fled from Philip without ever learning his name. But she promised to meet him that evening. Sadly, she was unable to return to him, as her "aunts" chose that time to reveal the truth of her birth to her and to tell her that she was betrothed to a prince named Philip.

They left the woods to return to her parents' home, but, when they entered the castle, Maleficent used her magic to lure Aurora away from her birthday celebration into a long-unused chamber (the tallest tower of the castle), where a spinning wheel awaited her. Fascinated by the wheel, she touched the spindle, pricking her finger as had been foretold in Maleficent's curse. Aurora was put under a sleeping spell.


The good fairies moved Aurora to an apartment in the top-most tower and had her placed on her bed with a red rose in her hand and caused a deep sleep to fall over the land until they could find a way to break the curse. Philip had been captured by Maleficent to prevent him from kissing Aurora and waking her up, but the three good fairies aided him in escaping and explained to him the story of Maleficent's curse.


Philip killed Maleficent and removed the curse with a kiss. Finally, the two lovers danced together, happy to each learn that their betrothed was in fact the one they loved. And thus Aurora and Phillip lived happily ever after.

Same here - these two beautiful little princesses are burdened with physical problems (different in nature yet the challenge to overcome them is the same). Sort of a bad spell put on them. But here is the catch: they never fell asleep waiting for someone to rescue them. On the contratry, they took the bull by the horns and they fought and still fight all the way. They are the ones who encourage their families and keep the spirits up when everyone else feels helpless. With all the people who love them dearly being close, and the doctors' expertise, they are alive and kicking in the face of quite some unpeasant prognoses. And they GO ON.

Their stories fill bloggers' eyes with tears of respect and their souls with love.

Chances are, when their Princes come in the picture later on, they'll not only marry these two warriors with an angelic face and a heart of gold, but will have loads and loads of bloggers keeping an eye on them ("Mess with our Auroras and you're grass!")

So next time your life seems tough, take a long, hard look in these little faces and wake up.

We are in the presence of GRACE and LOVE.

Maria-Foteini, Brynne, WE LOVE YOU. May you be our teachers and open up our min
ds!

To read their full stories, please visit Paragrafos blog and you can leave your comments and wishes there. Thank you A+K, D+T+kids, Panasximi, Irene + Lefteri, Stavro, friends. God bless.Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" film summary borrowed from Wikipedia