For Neela …
King Harold and the Witch:
Young King Harold was ambushed and imprisoned by the monarch of a neighboring kingdom. The monarch could have killed him but was moved by Harold’s youth and ideals. So, the monarch offered him his freedom, as long as he could answer a very difficult question. Harold would have a year to figure out the answer and, if after a year, he still had no answer, he would be put to death.
What do women really want?
Such a question would perplex even the most knowledgeable man, and to young Harold, it seemed an impossible query. But, since it was better than death, he accepted the monarch’s proposition to have an answer by year’s end.
He returned to his kingdom and began to poll everyone: the princess, the priests, the wise men and even the court jester. He spoke with everyone, but no one could give him a satisfactory answer.
Many people advised him to consult the old witch, for only she would have the answer.
But the price would be high; as the witch was famous throughout the kingdom for the exorbitant prices she charged.
The last day of the year arrived and Harold had no choice but to talk to the witch. She agreed to answer the question, but he would have to agree to her price first.
The old witch wanted to marry Sir James, the most noble of the Knights of the Kingdom and Harold’s closest friend!
Young Harold was horrified. She was hunchbacked and hideous, had only one tooth, smelled like sewage, made obscene noises, etc. He had never encountered such a repugnant creature in all his life.
He refused to force his friend to marry her and endure such a terrible burden; but James, learning of the proposal, spoke with Harold.
He said nothing was too big of a sacrifice compared to Harold’s life and the preservation of the Kingdom.
Hence, a wedding was proclaimed and the witch answered Harold’s question thus:
What a woman really wants, she answered …
Is to be in charge of her own life.
Everyone in the kingdom instantly knew that the witch had uttered a great truth and that Harold’s life would be spared.
And so it was, the neighboring monarch granted Harold his freedom and James and the witch had a wonderful wedding.
The honeymoon hour approached and James, steeling himself for a horrific experience, entered the bedroom. But, what a sight awaited him. The most beautiful woman he had ever seen lay before him on the bed. The astounded James asked what had happened.
The beauty replied that since he had been so kind to her when she appeared as a witch, she would henceforth, be her horrible deformed self only half the time and the beautiful maiden the other half.
Which would he prefer? Beautiful during the day….or night?
James pondered the predicament. During the day, a beautiful woman to show off to his friends, but at night, in the privacy of his castle, an old witch?
Or, would he prefer having a hideous witch during the day, but by night, a beautiful woman for him to enjoy wondrous intimate moments?
What would YOU do?
What James chose is below.
BUT….make YOUR choice before you scroll down below.
Noble James said that he would allow HER to make the choice herself.
Upon hearing this, she announced that she would be beautiful all the time because he had respected her enough to let her be in charge of her own life.
Now….what is the moral to this story?
When I originally received this story in an email it had a kind of snarky, guy-centric moral. In other words … a joke.
But it isn’t a joke. It is a parable of one of the great truths of the human experience. Women want to be in charge of their own lives. They want to be treated as the equals that they rightfully are.
The sooner the other half of us ‘gets’ this, the more beautiful our relationships will be.