A Not So Romance Novel!
© 2012 Stephanie A. Burke
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Hi All! As some of you know I have been working on my second book! I wanted to share a little piece of it. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think. Please keep in mind this is a first draft that I know needs work. Enjoy 🙂
Love…a four letter word to the core. Some throw it around carelessly. Others don’t say it in public. As a hopeless romantic from the first time I saw Prince Charming slip the glass slipper on Cinderella…I was hooked! Love had to be like that. Someday my love would ride up on a white horse and “save me.” Then we would live happily ever after.
As I grew this notion was thwarted at every turn. Girlfriends would tell me “you don’t want to be in love, you want to be in love in a movie”. I would always reply to them “so what. Men like that have to exist because the stories have to come from somewhere.” I would cling to those third act twists where the man ran to the airport to profess his love for the woman. Then they would live happily ever after. I would find hope in those romance novels that had epic love stories that caused me to feverishly read the book because I had to see these people in their happy ending.
I mean sure I experienced heartache and pain in my life. I loved and lost. I had my heart-broken, and I broke a few, but I just believed it was because I hadn’t met that one yet! Some day when I was ready the universe would deliver this perfect man. My true love and Prince Charming then I would get my happily ever after.
Then something happened. One day I woke up. Like any other day I went to work and went about my day. Then I realized…wait…I’m 33! Prince Charming was supposed to be here by now. I mean when I was a little girl I always imagined that by this age I would be intensely in love, married, and have children. So why didn’t the universe deliver him yet?
Maybe it is the times we live in. Thanks to the invention of social media we are made acutely aware of what our peers our doing. I mean check out the news feed on Facebook and someone is always going from Single to In a Relationship, In a Relationship to Engaged, and Engaged to Married. Or better still we see announcements of babies on the way or pictures of the new little ones that have just arrived. I mean of course you are happy for them. But deep down, in the tiny corner of our soul, I’m sure you are thinking “Why can’t that be me?”
I think Charlotte from Sex in the City said it best, “I’ve been dating since I was 15, I’m tired, where is he!” I mean the reality is that most of us are not the exception we are the rule. Most of us will wait for Mr. Right for a very long time. While our road of life is littered with Mr. Right now, Mr. Not so nice, Mr. I will cheat on you and my personal favorite Mr. I will promise you the world and not deliver.
Many of us have had to kiss a lot of frogs and are still waiting for him to turn into a prince. We have all, at times, been blinded by what we thought was love. We make excuses, we explain things away, and refuse to listen to our friends and loved ones because “they just don’t know him like I do.” All the while our subconscious is telling us that we know better.
As a woman we have this extra sensitivity chip. It is hard for us to just cut our losses and move on from someone who is a part of our life. Once we are in it we are in it for the long haul. Unfortunately this is not always true of men. They have the ability to just walk away and say “next”. Women take the more dramatic route. There are almost always tears involved and sometimes a pint of ice cream.
We women will sit an analyze everything from the first kiss to our last goodbye. We will torture ourselves while our friends and family all say “I knew he was a jerk.” While we sit there and think “you did? Cause last week we were talking about how he was the one and you agreed.”
I don’t know about you but I have had my fill of the Misters. It is time to break these men down story by story and see if we end up at Prince Charming…….