Every once in a while I get an urge to write a fairy tale based on reality. I have written a number of them over the years. It’s not something I set out to do, it’s just an idea that pops into my head and I write it down. You will understand what I mean by a fairy tale based on reality after reading the one I’m sharing with you today.
Once upon a time there lived Mother Artist, Stepfather Artist, Mother Artist’s two sons, and an Evil Art Professor. One assignment from the Evil Art Professor seemed simple enough: papier mâché something in one class period. Mother Artist knew the Evil Art Professor would make the assignment last a week or two, so she decided to foil the Evil Art Professor.
Mother Artist decided to find something that could be papier mâchéd for one class only. Later that day her eyes fell on Stepfather Artist and her two Sons. Stepfather Artist was too big. It would take too long to papier mâché him, besides he had to go to work. Little Son was too fidgety. He couldn’t stay still long enough to be papier mâchéd. But Older Son was just right.
Mother Artist took Older Son to Art Class the next day, which he didn’t mind because it let him miss school. Mother Artist began by having Older Son dress in shorts. Then Mother Artist coated Older Son in Vaseline to make sure the papier mâché wouldn’t stick to him. Older Son then had to put on Long Johns to protect himself even more.
Mother Artist began to papier mâché Older Son with newspapers. Mother Artist soon finished Older Son’s legs and torso. Now he couldn’t stand up. It was a good thing Older Son didn’t have to go to the bathroom.
Mother Artist then started on Older Son’s arms. Soon all that was left was Older Son’s head.
After completing Older Son’s neck and the top of his head, Mother Artist started on the finishing touch; Maps! Mother Artist covered the papier mâchéd Older Son with some of Stepfather Artist’s old maps.
But Older Son was willing to undergo torture for Mother Artist. He said, “Don’t stop Mother Artist! I will allow you to finish papier mâchéing my head so that the Evil Art Professor can’t find anything wrong with your assignment.” And so Mother Artist papier mâchéd Older Son’s face.
As a finishing touch, Mother Artist put on a map heart from San Francisco, and soon it was just right.
Older Son got his reward. He got to miss school while he was being papier mâchéd. While he was cleaning up, Mother Artist had the pictures she had taken of him developed at a One Hour Photo Shop. When Older Son got back to School, he got to show all his classmates how he helped foil the Evil Art Professor’s plan to keep Mother Artist working in class for the next week or two!
And Mother Artist got her reward too. The Evil Art Professor had no choice but to give her an A, and she had the next week and a half off while her classmates were stuck working for the Evil Art Professor.
And for some reason, Older Son never volunteered to help Mother Artist on her art projects ever again.
I made this little fairy tale into a book and gave a copy to “Older Son.”
Maybe this will inspire you to write fairy tales based on reality. It’s fun. Why not give it a try?