So this is love. The song I most clearly remember from Disney’s animated classic Cinderella is “So This is Love.” She dances with the prince. She gazes into his eyes. She can’t believe she’s there, at the palace, dancing with the one man who could change her life. Cinderella, the life of a young woman changed in one night because she dared to dream.
A dream is a wish your heart makes. I think about this a lot. I dream of going to Disney World. That’s a dream my heart is making. What was Cinderella dreaming about it? Certainly she wanted a better life. She wanted love; someone to love and someone who would love her back. Think about her life. No parents. No friends. Well, not human friends. Nothing but the household chores and the torments of her step-family. Yet she dreamed of something better always, never losing hope.
The glass slipper remains. The clock has struck twelve. The horses are now mice. The coach is back to being a pumpkin. She has lost her dress, the jewels, the up-do hair set. But one thing remains. One glass slipper. Evidence the dream became reality. Proof that she never lost hope. She clung to that slipper with gratefulness. Oh thank you Godmother, thank you she says. She isn’t upset or annoyed. She has returned to her former self and she’s GRATEFUL. She holds that slipper like it is her heart still dreaming.
I must find her. The prince is smitten. The prince can’t get her out of his mind. He has evidence she exists. This was not a dream. He has a glass slipper. He will use it find her. He wasn’t looking for a change in his life before the ball. He wasn’t dreaming of anything in particular. He didn’t have a dream in his heart. Until he met her. Then his life changed. Upon meeting her he realizes what love is. So this is love. Wow. I like it. I want it back. She’s run out as the clock strikes twelve. She’s leaving him behind. Why she runs he does not know. It adds to her mystery. The prince has a mission now. And and he’s got a glass slipper.
Lady Tremaine, Drizella and Anastasia have hopes too. They see a way to get into the palace. One daughter can marry the prince. The others can hang around the castle. This is a dream. This is a dream with no chance of hope. They’re mean and cruel. They keep Cinderella hidden when the prince comes. They desperately try to get the slipper to fit. They force their dream to work. It is useless. They don’t realize to stop. They just continue in vain. The prince struggles to locate her, the one and only her. Suddenly she appears. Cinderella has not lost her dream, her hope. She emerges from above. She wants to try the slipper. She knows it will fit. She knows her future is moments away. Tragedy strikes. The slipper is dropped. The dream is shattered. Lady Tremaine smirks in her triumph. Until Cinderella produces the other slipper.
I can write about the animated version of Cinderella from memory since I have seen it so many times when it was distributed on VHS. I loved that movie when I was a child, having only seen it on the occasions it was aired on television. When the movie was available for home purchase, of course I bought it. It was not for my children. I didn’t even have kids then. It was solely for me. I wanted to relive all her magical moments again and again. Because my heart has dreams too.