Thursday, July 29, 2010

And they lived happily ever after...

We write for children. Granted, they're older children. But for the most part, happily ever after is still part of our trade. Which got me thinking about a Jimmy Buffet song called "Happily Ever After (Every Now and Then)."  The lyrics go like this:

Take it from me cuz I found 
If you leave it then somebody else is bound 
To find that treasure, that moment of pleasure 
When yours, it could have been 

Some people never find it 
Some... only pretend, but me: 
I just want to live happily ever after every now and then.
What does happily ever after mean for us? Is it writing a book so amazing that it gets turned into a movie and we never have to work again? Is it finding an agent? Finishing your manuscript after years of toil?

All of the these things take time. For most of us, the first will never be obtainable. So perhaps our happily ever after needs to be measured by something other publishing industry standards.  I had one such moment today.

My husband came home from work and got out a giant horse floor puzzle. As my four and five year old daughters put away their toys and gathered around their father, I couldn't help but think that little moments like that are what it's all about. I wouldn't be taking pictures and putting it in my scrapbook, but it was still a moment I want to remember.  When the world stood still except for my family just being together.

So on this Thankful for Thursday post, we want to know -- have you found your own happily ever after yet - even if it's only every now and then?


  1. Such a great discussion. I think we tend to consider reaching some finish line in life as our happily ever after. The truth is, even J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer go on to work VERY hard and probably feel immense pressure to somehow replicate their initial success. Life is about peaks and valleys for me. There are ups and downs, but it's being able to pause and take stock of the moments your describe above as happiness. It's a state of being you can achieve anytime you want, not just at the end of something.

    Thanks for an excellent post!

  2. What a great post! It's so easy to get wrapped up in getting published and forget the little things. I have to stop and remind myself that from time to time.

  3. Ahh... Banana Wind. Isn't that the soundtrack for happily ever after??? ;p

    That's totally cool about your fam. I do have my happily ever after, too. I just also have this annoyingly insistent dream... LOL!

    good stuff, J~

  4. My partner-in-crime asked me the other day what I considered "success," and I honestly couldn't answer him. It's an elusive thing, I think, and I don't think I'm ready to reach it only because it leads to contentment, which leads to no more creativity, at least in my opinion. It's good to reach :).


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