koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

"If you think about who the first person who teaches you about love, romance and Prince Charming is, it probably happened between the ages of 2-5 and included Disney."

Jarring agreement issues aside, the sentence is just plain wrong. I was five when I saw my first movie and it was indeed Disney's Sleeping Beauty. It taught me that I was horribly afraid of dragons and thorny hedges. So afraid that I slipped under the seats to avoid watching. My dad was furious and we left the theater. I don't think I've seen the movie through to the end yet.

Romance I learned from John Steinbeck. First from multiple readings of The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights and later from Travels with Charley.

Prince Charming I learned from Mattel and Lisa Demarino across the street. He was the one Ken doll among her dozen Barbies. Every so often we'd dig him out from the bottom of a big box of clothes and accessories (I learned the word "accessories" from the box in Barbie's travel case) and let him drive the camper or the convertible--or, of course, be the groom at a wedding. He was mostly ornamental but essential in the same way a decorative serving platter is. You can certainly live a fine life with no serving platter, but on special occasions that Spode Christmas plate or turkey-shaped thing really rounds out the experience. Not the hallmark of a civilized household, but an earmark certainly.

But love! Who first taught me about love? Whoever it was did a piss-poor job because I'm still not clear on the concept. I've got that warm fuzzy lovingkindness thing down ok; it curdles a bit from time to time but in general I'd like to give the world a Coke and whatnot. I credit Richard Brautigan. But love! I worked with a guy who ended every phone conversation with any family member by saying "I love you," and, knowing it was coming, I would prepare myself to look un-uncomfortable as he hung up. I'm right chary about the word and I don't know who to blame. I'm pretty sure Disney is off the hook.

Who taught you about love? Romance? Prince Charming?

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