Posted by: rongeri | January 12, 2011

The Princess Path

 I knew it was coming, but there was nothing I could do about it. Like being in the eye of the storm. And you would think I would know better by now. After all, I had been doing this for so many years. But some things do not get better with practice or with the passage of time. And though I fought conscious awareness as hard as I could, it was no use. I sleepily opened one eye to see the digital clock reading. Even though it was still dark, I knew that in a few hours I had to get up take my princess Kimberly to the airport to fly back west. And so, in resignation and surrender, I just continued laying in bed and started thinking about The Princess Path (and no more late night Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine)  Kung Fu reruns for me).

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear? Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds. Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat? Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet? Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?[

More importantly, I started thinking about what my daughter might look like in the wedding dress that she and her mom had gone shopping for just a few days before.    

The Princess Path is not an easy one. It is filled with tests and trials. Sometimes the test is a pea being placed under your mattress to see if you feel it. 
Sometimes the test is whether you are willing to kiss a frog that says it’s a prince.

Sometimes the test is how you respond to an ogre.

Sometimes the test is whether you will let down your hair.  And sometimes, if you are blessed with physical beauty, a brilliant mind, and a quiet spirit, the test is whether you compromise being all that you are and can be in order to make someone else feel less insecure intellectually or emotionally.

Where the test takes place, and how the princess responds to it is always important.

In real estate, in film, and sometimes in life, the three most important things are location, location, and location. And every princess has her own primary location from which she finds her own path. For example, Ariel was a mermaid princess and her primary location was under the sea until she decided to follow Prince Eric onto land. Princess Fiona’s primary location was in a castle guarded by a fire-breathing dragon until Shrek and the donkey rescued her and she set out on the path to Duloc and Lord Farquaad.  Princess Rapunzel’s primary location was a tower until she persuaded Eugene “Flynn Rider” Fitzherbert (in the Disney Movie “Tangled”) to take her on the path to see the lanterns in the sky, that were released annually on the birthday of the Lost Princess. Princess Kimberly Brown’s primary location was Montclair New Jersey, then New Haven Connecticut, then Colorado Springs, and now Seattle Washington with her fiancé.

Each of these princesses has something in common. They grow up. And as part of that process each of them has to deal with the duality of what is home and where home is. Each of these princesses eventually realizes that home is always where the heart is, and that you can have more than one home in your heart because home can be both where you grew up with all those memories and where you live now with all those possibilities. 

Each of these princesses has something else in common as well. Somewhere along her path every princess encounters a prince-like dude. Some have names like “Charming”. Others have names like Farquaad or even just “Prince”. And one in Seattle even has the last name of “Goode”.

Each of these princesses also learns the lesson that it is not a crown, how you wave your hand, or a throne that makes a lady a princess or a queen or makes a dude a prince or a king. To borrow Liza Doolittle’s line from the musical “My Fair Lady”, it’s how she is treated by him. And my princess Kimberly informs her dad that her Prince Sean treats her like the princess she is and will always be for me. And that is a special blessing.  In the first paragraph of her most recent blog, my brilliant, beautiful, and beloved princess began with these words: “On October 14th, I got engaged to my favorite partner in crime. He is a breathtaking reflection of God’s love for me and my personal reminder of the beauty in the world. I am blessed just to know him and it is the honor of a lifetime to plan our tomorrows together.” And that sounds like a beautiful Princess Path to me.

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