Sometimes, when people bring up fairy tales, it's in the context of how awful they are, how they give unrealistic expectations of rescue, how they deny the female characters agency, how violent they are, or how they are simply wrong. Some of that is true of some tales.
But some of it isn't. If we can get as close to the original text, or even the original tellers as possible, fairy tales can surprise us with their earthiness, with the heroine's moxie and proactivity, and with the way they remind us that we must be kind, clever, and truthful in order to succeed at reaching our deepest desire.
In next month's group journey through The Goose Girl, we are going to move through this story in stages. We'll listen to the tale all together, as a whole, and start there, but then we'll take the story apart and share tales from our own lives. We'll look at childhood, adolescence, and adulthood, at our friends and helpers. Each life is a story. Not just one story -- each life is a myriad of stories, and we can choose which to tell, and which to believe.
Sara is a storyteller, writer, artist, teacher, wife, mother, and singer living in Minnesota. I write about storytelling, and about living a life with stories.