The Princess of Quite A Lot is back home in her kingdom and as is typical when she is in the kingdom, the overall energy level in the kingdom has risen exponentially. Actually, it is more the energy level requirements that have risen exponentially. The lazy days of summer where the queen’s only concern was her own schedule and the most basic of responsibilities (many of which she gleefully hired out), end abruptly when the whirlwind of energy that surrounds the Princess of Quite A Lot re-enters the kingdom. The Queen has to make adjustments…adjustments such as more sleep, more planning, more patience and more vitamins.
It isn’t easy maintaining a princess you know. There are excited exclamations to react to, observations about minutia only observable by a 12 year old to take in, requests for new stuff that is reportedly necessary to the very essence of life to address, begging for email and facebook accounts to ignore gracefully and moaning about the outdated modality in which the queen operates to absorb without bitterness. Princess maintenance is a full time job.
But it is good to be queen. The queen has the final say, decides about expenditures in the kingdom and has the joy of experiencing princesshood for a second time through the eyes of her daughter. You see, every queen was once a princess – perhaps not as dramatic or emphatic as the princesses of today – but there was a once upon a time in every queen’s life. The magic in living with a Princess of Quite a Lot is remembering what life was like in the days before one became the Queen of Everything – the days where so much of life and life’s adventures were ahead in a new kingdom to be built. There is so much promise in being a princess and that is why the maintenance responsibilities are so important and can be so exacting on the queen. Tis’ true – heavy is the head that wears the crown…but light is the heart who gets to enjoy a Princess of Quite A Lot.
Day seven hundred and seventy of the new forty – obla di obla da