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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cedar Shake Shingles and Prince Charming


Some people choose to live in reality, others choose to live in fairy tales; I choose the latter. I am a fairytale kinda gal. Big dresses, long hair and of course the glass slipper (fairy tale of all fairy tales because it centers around a shoe). At the mere age of 18 (exactly 28 years ago today) I married my very own Prince Charming. Our life together has been adventure upon adventure. Some adventures exciting, some adventures sad and many of them hilarious. One of those adventures was the house we lived in when we were first married (that house was just the beginning of our house adventures). This little house wasn't exactly the little fairytale cottage I had always dreamed of but you never would have been able to convince me of that. It was a little shotgun house that my Prince Charming bought to fix up before we even knew each other. The adventure part of it was the fact that he did so without input from a woman. This is a man (Prince Charming) for you. One of his first projects was to put a cedar shake shingle roof on the little house. The roof looked so stunning in the afternoon sunlight he said to himself "I believe I will add cedar shake shingles as siding so I will not have to paint". The house looked so charming and quaint he said to himself "I think I'll put cedar shake shingles on the ceiling inside the house to hide the sagging ceiling". Alas! The cedar shake shingles went up on the ceiling and how pretty it did look. Prince Charming looked at the ceiling and said "By golly! The cedar shake shingles looks so amazing on the ceiling I believe I will put them on the wall". The next thing you know the inside and outside of the house was covered from top to bottom in cedar shake shingles. After painting the trim in the house a deep chocolate brown he looked at the floor and said "I need carpet in here that matches the cedar shake shingles I have covered the house in". So Prince Charming goes out and purchases chocolate brown carpet to put in his cedar shake shingle house. Prince Charming did not like curtains because.... well I guess because he's a man. So he looked at the windows one day and said "Oh my! People can see inside my windows". So he took the deep chocolate brown paint he had painted his trim with and he painted the glass in his windows so no one could see inside the cedar shake shingle house. When Prince Charming brought home his lovely bride several months later she looked at the cedar shake shingle house and said "I love it!" (because love is blind and because she was a new bride and she only had eyes for him). Two days later when Prince Charming was at work, his new bride decided to carefully arrange her clothes (especially her shoes) in the closet they now shared as man and wife (eventually she would move his clothes out of the closet because she seriously needed more space). She turned on the light in the bedroom, but the light would not penetrate the darkness caused by the cedar shake shingles, chocolate brown carpet and chocolate brown trim. The new bride said "I'll scrap some of the chocolate brown paint off of the glass window pane to allow a little sunlight into the room". The bride scraped the chocolate brown paint off of the bedroom window but still the sunlight could not penetrate the darkness caused by the cedar shake shingles, chocolate brown carpet and chocolate brown trim. So the new bride scrounged around the cedar shake shingle house to find a flashlight to penetrate the darkness caused by the cedar shake shingles but the flashlight, the sunlight and the overhead light still could not penetrate the darkness caused by the cedar shake shingles..... Day after day the young bride had to use a flashlight to see into her closet to retrieve her shoes but she never complained because her Prince Charming was the only light she needed to light her world. Moral to the story, cedar shake shingles does not a castle make....A Prince Charming on the other hand can make any cedar shake shingle house a home.

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