Fairy tales teach more than we as children can grasp. Even as adults what and how much we are willing to learn depends on us. The story of Cinderella with her fairy god mother,her glass slipper and the race against the midnight deadline has fascinated children and young romantics alike. However is it simply a rags to riches story where true love is lost and found and sanity is thereby restored to an unfair universe? Not quite I think.
To me, more than Prince Charming and the search for eternal love, it brings forth the transient nature of all things- at the stroke of midnight, the coach must turn back into a pumpkin, the horses return to being mice and Cinderella herself goes back to her scrawny existence devoid of all fineries. Fairy god mother can,after all, do only so much!
So it is even today. Physical beauty and embellishments thereof are all ephemereal. It is indeed a matter of time before they wane out. But that doesn’t stop us from indulging in our trivial though joyous pursuits of creams and lotions and lipsticks and blushers et al. Let the good times roll while they last and “Cinderella” is my ode to the human “Vanitas Vanitatum Omnia Vanitas”