Hallelujah and Amen. Nobody's Girl.
(A modern fairytale)
Once upon a time, there lived a lovely young woman with searching blue eyes, a wonderful smile and a great load of unhappiness (which meant she did not smile very often). She saw her life as a sad country song, her world bleak and miserable. And like so many before her (and possibly after her), she thought all that she needed was to find the right man and then she would be happy.
She met a pilot, a very happy one, and he was eager to share his happiness with her. The problem was he always went home to his wife. And that did not make her happy.
The journalist was amusing, and quite handsome — well, he had a girlfriend, in another city. And that was not a happy situation.
Then she met a young man who made her laugh, which was almost like being happy. But after a time she became bored and stopped paying attention to him. So he took up with his assistant, which did not at all bode well for happiness.
The musician charmed her with songs and stories, but she heard them so often she kept falling asleep. While she was sleeping, he ran off with a waitress who was a recovering alcoholic.
Well, she thought, good riddance to all of them.
Oh these men, these men — they obviously are not the answer to my being happy.
She was in a quandary. And so it happened that one day, while walking in the woods, she was struck by a thunderbolt.
Bing! Bang! Boom! Holy mackerel and flounder, everything became clear to her. Just like that.
The earth shifted. She shifted. And finally, finally she realized she had everything she needed right inside of her. She was all she needed when it came to happiness.
So she wrote a book called “How to Be Your Own Best Friend.” And made a lot of money. She learned French, she bought a house in the south of France, and a BMW convertible and learned to drive a stick shift. And she was happy for the rest of her life.
Hallalelujah and amen.