You know how children have that one movie that as a child, they watch over and over again? For me, that movie was “A Little Princess.” I loved how Sara Crewe went almost literally from rags to riches. (In her case, from riches to rags then back to riches). At the end of the film, my mother and I would sing the song together as little Sara, dressed in a beautifully embroidered pea coat, leaves the boarding school with her father’s horse-drawn carriage.
What a life.
Unfortunately, the closest I think I will ever come to that lifestyle will be watching “A Little Princess” or playing the board game “Pretty Pretty Princess” and making my brother crown me as Princess Jennifer, much like I had him do when we were youngsters. At the time, the cheap, grey plastic crown with adhesive plastic jewels was my idealistic take on being a real-life princess. Seventeen years later, I’m waking up at 4 a.m. on a Friday morning to watch all of the coverage in its entirety of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s “Royal Wedding.” And I’m pretty certain that my friend and I watching it weren’t the only two girls during those three hours wanting to switch lives with Kate. All of the coverage of the “Royal Wedding” got me thinking; if a girl could dream at age six, why not now?
While most of you reading this (especially if you’re a male) may be rolling your eyes at the impracticality of my “wishful” thinking, I can offer two pieces of empirical evidence that prove how dreaming big may just be a feasible plan. After watching the live coverage, the coverage in re-runs on news stations, and almost every special that ran throughout the weekend of the wedding, I came to learn a lot about the newly-titled Duchess of Cambridge, Ms. Kate Middleton. One of these was a CNN special entitled “The Women Who Would Be Queen.” In this CNN special, I learned that before Diana had married Prince Charles, she was, much like many young women at that time, infatuated with Charles and the enchanting aura that came with being a part of the royal family. Diana’s bedroom was filled with pictures of the prince and his royal family. However, Diana came from a much more prominent family than Kate, and it is evident that she had more of a chance in becoming a part of it all by marrying Charles in an arranged marriage. Middleton, a commoner, didn’t have that advantage, but oddly enough, much like Prince William’s late-mother Princess Diana, the documentary stated that Middleton would hang pictures of Prince William in her dorm room at boarding school. It was a bit of an incentive to attend Scotland’s University of St. Andrews after learning the prince was enrolling as well.
So if these two women dreamed about it and idolized the royal family, why shouldn’t we be able to as well? After groggily sitting down in my first class on Friday, a male friend laughed at the fact that I had woken up that early to watch a wedding, and he made a point to tell me I was fantasizing for nothing. “There’s still Prince Harry!” I told him, but he firmly noted that Harry “would never marry a Yank” and that even if I were to marry Prince Harry, I’d be “betraying my own country.” Still, like many other girls, I’ll keep the dream going, because who knows, I could end up meeting a guy at a prestigious graduate school who ends up being a prince. It worked for Kate Middleton, so why not?
A girl can dream!