Walking through a forest in Germany, thick leaves scrunching underfoot, I
half expected to see a wolf, some woodcutters and Little Riding Hood. I kept peering through the trees oh so expectantly.
The sign and small stone bench seemed hopeful. Surely a sign so LRRH didn't lose her way, and a bench for her to rest her weary feet, and place that heavy basket full of yummy morsels for Granny.
Logically I knew it wasn't possible, but it was so atmospheric, logic began to lose its grip.
A gingerbread cottage was more probable.
Not quite gingerbread, but the next best thing.
I could just imagine someone inside with a spinning wheel, or long golden hair named Rapunzel.
Or maybe even three bears
Or the Pied Piper of Hamelin
Beauty and the Beast
I'd expected to be studiously involved in the history of wonderful musicians, artists and writers. Being swept up in rather brutal fairy tales from my childhood took me completely by surprise.
It was an unexpected joy.
(I've just realised that sound a bit weird, but I was brought up with the unDisneyfied fairy tales, and they are gruesome. That's just how it was. The sanitised ones seem a bit wishwashy and namby pamby to me, a bit like having triffle without the brandy, or gin and tonic without the gin. It's like something important is missing. I wonder if Jung has anything to say about fairy tales, archetypes...wanders off to see what can be found.).