Past Imperfect

Past Imperfect – #062615

Note: Exactly two years ago, late on the night before an anticipated ruling by the Supreme Court that could potentially change the concept of equality in America, I scribbled out this little parable, with fingers crossed…

Mommy: “The end. Now, wasn’t that a lovely fairy tale?”

Sally: “Well…”

Billy: “I don’t think the Prince is going to be very happy.”

Mommy: “But he got to marry the princess!”

Sally: “I don’t think he really wanted to marry her. He only did it because the families made him.”

Billy: “I think he wanted to marry the stable boy.”

Mommy: “The stable boy?”

Sally: “Yes, Bruce the Poor! He and Prince McDreamy always had so much fun together, at least when the prince’s father wasn’t around, being all snooty and making people do stuff for him.”

Billy: “And they never talked about girls when they were away from court. I think the Prince is going to be sad now, because he didn’t get to do what he wanted to do.”

Mommy: “But the Prince can’t marry another man. It’s part of the rules.”

Sally: “Well, it’s a stupid rule.”

Billy: “You’re supposed to marry for love.”

Mommy, pausing to make sure that Gladys, next door, wasn’t once again leaning as far as she could out her window to try and catch every bit of dialogue and then run tell everybody, because Gladys was an annoying piece of work: “Well, I think you’re both right. It’s not fair that we have rules that only hurt certain people.”

Sally: “Then let’s change the rules!”

Billy: “How do we do it?”

Mommy: “It’s not that easy. There are a lot of people who like these rules, where they get to decide what other people do with their lives.”

Sally: “Why do they get to decide? Shouldn’t they only worry about things that affect them?”

Billy: “Why are they more important than me?”

Mommy paused again, letting things click in her mind, then smiled, grasping Billy’s hand. “No one is more important than my children, my family.” Then grasping Sally’s, squeezing both. “I only want what’s best for you. I want you be happy, whatever it takes to get you there.”

Sally: “So you think princes can marry princes?”

Billy: “And princesses can marry princesses?”

Mommy: “Why shouldn’t I? Love comes in a lot of interesting packages, but until we can get everybody to understand that, it may take some time before you can pick the package that suits you. Some people don’t like change. It scares them. Because accepting change means they might have to rethink anything they’ve ever been taught by other people who didn’t like change. And some people, well, some people are just mean in their heart. They don’t want anybody to be happy, because they are unhappy themselves.”

Sally: “Like Gladys next door?”

Mommy smiled again: “Something like that, only I think Gladys wouldn’t be that way if her husband paid more attention to her.”

Billy: “Maybe he should have married a prince instead.”

Mommy: “Maybe.” She closed the book and ran her fingers over the embossed cover. “It will take some time before everyone in the kingdom can be happy. But perhaps someday, someday soon, everyone in this country will be able to marry the person that they love.”

Suddenly, there was a jubilant knock at the door…


Originally published in “Bonnywood Manor” and “Crusty Pie” on 06/26/15. Trivia: This is the only Past Imperfect, so far, that has a date as the post number, instead of the next sequential figure in the Past Imperfect series. This is a somewhat meaningless detail, but the life-embracing ruling by the Supreme Court was monumental…


24 replies »

    • It always surprises me when I’m reminded that Australia does not yet have marriage equality. I have it in my head that Australians are much more progressive, overall, or at least more accepting. Just shows that we still have quite a ways to go…

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  1. That ruling made a huge difference to a lot of people; gay and straight, who wanted to see equality mean something. And it’s sad that in certain parts of the country there are pockets of resistance that still exist, where one has to carefully approach the equality statement. Because there are still small minds hiding in white sheets, or sending anonymous hate mail to those they don’t accept because they don’t understand them and are scared. But one day maybe the whole world will just let people be people.

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    • And the fight still continues even at the national level. The Supreme Court just announced that for their next Session beginning in October, they will be hearing a case which will decided whether or not businesses and organizations have the right to refuse service to gay people based on “religious beliefs”. And the Court now leans conservative, due to the Republicans refusing to process Obama’s nominee. It’s ridiculous…


      • You need to go read “Non-smoking Ladybug” ‘s blog. She addressed that very issue recently. And no, I don’t know why a lady bug WOULD smoke, but I think one of her early motivations in blogging was that she was quitting smoking. I think you’d like her, if you don’t follow her already! 🙂

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        • I’ve actually read several of Ladybug’s pieces and I enjoyed them. Now that I think about it, I haven’t seen anything in my feed lately so there might be a snafu with my follow. I’ll check into it. Thanks!


  2. I *love* this, it was monumental and I’m very concerned about it ever being undone. Gay, straight (which as you know I am), it does not matter, I want everyone holding hands and singing “I’d like to teach the world to sing….” and buying each other coca colas! Oh but get me diet because, you know, sugar. 🤗

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  3. People should be able to love who they love, live how and with whom they want. I went to a “union” at a Methodist church in Uptown before “gay marriage” was legal. There was always a way, just without healthcare for your spouse until someone took that Civil Rights Act seriously.Now, let’s see how women fare with the governor of Texas talking out of both sides of his mouth and a government willing to take their bodies away from them again. This IS, technically, a democracy, not a theocracy. Unless of course your county clerk is a religious zealot and refuses your marriage license or God forbid, you’re a second class citizen other wise known as “female.”

    Rant over. You are now being returned to your regularly scheduled blog.

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    • It does seem a little disconcerting that it’s already been two years. Sadly, it still didn’t come in time for so many people who were waiting for that day. And Gladys really does need to move on to another hobby, especially since I’m getting old and crotchety and I might be available to fill the position… 😉

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