by Sandra Beck
Flora is a favorite icon at Motherhood Incorporated for her strong leadership in Sleeping Beauty along with her partners Fauna and Merryweather who demonstrat Altruism and Honor.
Recently my sons and I watched Sleeping Beauty which features the three fairy godmothers. When my sons were born, they were baptized in my family tradition and given their Auntie Jill Beck as their Catholic Godmother. In the spirit of Hillary Clinton and the famous African proverb it takes a village to raise a child, I always felt that to have one godmother put all the pressure on one woman.
So when both Max and Zach were born, they were assigned Fairy Godmothers. Beverly Allen-Ananins, Maura McAniff Johnson and Lou Paget filled the bill perfectly. So I printed up a form on the internet, wrote down their names and it was official. Both Max and Zach had three very wonderful and fantastic fairy godmothers.
Fast forward five years and Sleeping Beauty. The three Fairy Godmothers (Flora, Fauna and Merryweather) come on the screen. Max looks at me when Flora, Fauna and Merryweather dance around and sing and he askes if that’s Auntie Bev, Auntie Maura and Auntie Lou.
I thought about it. And I studied the three Godmothers in the film.
Flora: Flora is always dressed in red. The leader of the group, she helps Fauna and Merryweather make the right decisions. (All I could think was that’s Lou!)
Fauna: A sweet and gentle fairy, Fauna dresses in green. Always eager to help, she only uses magic to help others. (Yes, this is Maura!)
Merryweather: A spirited fairy dressed in blue, Merryweather wants to change the way things are for the better. (And, yes, that’s Bev!)
There on the screen in full 1959 technicolor are the kid’s Three Fairy Godmothers in animation. The represent the spirit in which I chose them strength, altruism and honor. Without realizing it, I chose three of the most important skills I want my son’s to have in these three powerful women.
Max then asked me if his Fairy Godmothers have wings…and I said yes, and they help him to fly. At 5 he doesn’t understand the concept of love, support and friendship and how that makes us fly – but his mom sure does. Because the three friends I have chosen as my sons’ fairy godmothers help me to fly.
So next time you watch Sleeping Beauty, stop for a minute when the Fairy Godmothers come on the screen and see who they are in your life. Maybe you want to assign some Fairy Godmothers! It’s fun and its a fun way to celebrate the powerful and wonderful women in your life with your children.