Journal 18

By: Katie Lacadie

Journal Entry: Fractured Fairy Tale: Cinderella Choice #3: Decides to run away while her Stepmother and sisters are at the ball

Beginning of story: All the maidens of the land were invited to the Prince’s ball. Cinderella was told she was not invited by her stepmother and sisters and she began to cry:

The moment she hears the carriage pull away, Cinderella throws down the broom and runs upstairs. Quickly, she packs what little she has left that her stepsisters haven’t stolen or ruined and runs to the stable. Without a second’s hesitation she mounts the horse and rides off towards the forest, finally free. She is not, however the only one trying to escape.

A prince, burdened with responsibility and an arranged marriage who felt trapped in a ballroom filled with people also rides through the forest, unsure of his destination. He slows his horse down by the river, to give the animal a break and a drink, knowing full well where he should be, yet also knowing that isn’t what he wants.

Cinderella has been travelling for some time now, and when she sees the river, she decides to set up camp for the night. It is then that she realizes someone has had the same idea. After awkward greetings and formalities, the prince offered her a seat by his fire. They sit together, sharing stories of running away from home.

Far in the distance, bells chime midnight and one might say that this was always meant to be.


By: Justin Woolley

When Justin was little he didn’t get to see his biological mother a lot, but one day she called him and said “I’m gonna come over in a couple days around 5 to see you”. Justin was so excited he was able to hang out with his little brother. When the day came, Justin was so ecstatic and as the day progressed he could not wait any longer. When the time came for his mother to arrive, he was so happy and couldn’t wait for her to get there, but as the time passed by, he ended up falling asleep. When he woke up the next morning, he realized that she never came. All sorts of emotions flowed over him and he started to cry, but the one emotion that he felt the most was disappointment. This feeling is worst feeling a you can have as a child and in that moment, I began to cry uncontrollably. But time went on as it always does, during which I continued to not see my mother. I got used to not having her around. Although this was a difficult time in my life, I consider it also to be a learning experience. It took some time, but I learned that not all adults disappoint you, and that you can trust people to be there for you. This is proof that time can in fact heal.  

Dear Mom…

By: Justin Woolley

Dear Mom,

I just wanted to say thank you for all the things you have done for me  and being the best mother someone could ever ask for. You were always there for me no matter what. You helped me with anything I needed help with; no matter how hard it was you found a way to solve it. You taught me everything that a mother is supposed to teach a son and I am eternally grateful for that. Sadly you are no longer here, and while it is so hard not to see you each day, know you had such a positive and wonderful impact on me and my family and there is nothing else to be more thankful for, than that.

Love always,