They arrived there one moonlit night, and rode slowly along the seashore, the princess wrapped up in the prince’s big cape. She lifted a corner of the cape and looked down at the sand. ‘How strange,’ she said, with a smile on her face. ‘Looking at the shadow, one would think there was only one rider on the horse.’
From ‘The Ring’ by Helena Nyblom
It sometimes seems as if the word ‘romantic’ has come to imply something unrealistic and outdated – an insult, really.
But aren’t the dreams and values portrayed in fairy tales, novels, poetry, music, and movies, the same dreams and values that are still able to send a shiver down the spine?
Do you have to possess something to value it, or strive after it?
Love; morality; good; beauty; courage; adventure; wit; wealth; strength; magic; cunning; honour. I don’t believe these things become outdated, and I don’t believe everything has to be done in a new way to be of value ‘in our time’.
Some things are in our blood – let’s cherish them.
Illustration: John Bauer