I recently cleaned out my basement storage room. I have lived in my house for over 5 years, and most of the boxes in that room had never been unpacked from the move. So there was some fun to this particular chore, because I had the opportunity to look at pictures and things I had not seen in a long time. One of the things that I found was a printed copy of an old email from a listserv that I belonged to. (Yes, some of us are old and have been around computers for a long time.) After you read what that email contained, I am sure you will understand why I kept it:
The Independent Princess
Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog, as she sat contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess’s lap and said,
“Elegant lady! I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper young prince that I am. Then, my sweet, we can marry and set up housekeeping in yon castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so.”
That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on a repast of lightly sautéed frog legs, seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled to herself and thought,
“I don’t fucking think so.”
The person who sent that to our list said that she received it from a friend. No attribution. So I did a little research and tried to find out if there was an original source, but had no luck. It appeared in a couple of blogs (with the F word changed) that were much newer than my old hard copy of an email.
I love, love, love this piece. Anyone know who wrote it? Or have a clue how to find out?