Damsel in Distress

November 12, 2010

There once was a damsel in distress. Though she thought of herself as a strong independent woman, she was always looking for a knight in shining armor to come rescue her. One day such a knight rode by, and she beckoned him to come rescue her. She told him how she was being held captive by an evil crazy prince. The knight was more than happy to rescue her. Rescuing damsels in distress made him feel like a hero. And she loved the attention, that came with being rescued.

After rescuing the damsel, the two rode off to live happily ever after.  But they did not live happily ever after. They lived in misery. For every time the knight turned around, the damsel was in distress again. It seems evil crazy people were everywhere. Every week there was something that caused her distress. Eventually the knight grew weary. Saving the damsel became a full-time job. The damsel noticed this and became frightened. She feared the knight would abandon her. So she created more distress to keep the knight busy. But he only grew more tired.

One day, he walked by her room and noticed she was at her window. She was calling out to another knight! She told the other knight that she was being held captive by an evil and crazy prince. The knight felt betrayed. The truth was he was neither crazy nor evil. He was tired and heart-broken.

Sadly, this is not a fairy tale. It’s something that happens in real life. There is no happy ending to this story. It just repeats itself over and over again, with the damsel creating more distress for herself and others.

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