Sounds plausible to me.
Many years ago, I planted a Climbing Peace rose close to my front door. It was beautiful, but way too vigorous for next to my front door! Unfortunately, it had to go. So, an inexperienced gardener, or a gardener with low foresight, may have been hired by Sleeping Beauty's parents, since I'm certain they didn't do manual labor. And he probably planted a thorny rose too close to their front door. Makes sense.
But what about the 100 years?
Again, that's easy to explain. There is an area in my garden that has flower carpet roses planted in it. And, somehow, briars have sprung up in between the roses. I have tried to pull out these briars diligently for a number of years. But there are not any fewer briars this year than when I first started. And as I was pulling briars from that same patch of flower carpet roses just this week, I realized it would probably take me 100 years to win the battle. 100 years. And if it takes 100 years, I won't be the one pulling out the last briar.
This makes perfect sense in our fairy tale. Prince Charming wasn't the first to try to get past those thorny briars and roses. He was just the lucky one that came along at the right time after everyone had been pulling briars for 100 years.
Sleeping Beauty. Fairy tales. What does this have to do with my garden? A lot, actually.
You see, I have recently been reading a book on housekeeping by Martha Stewart. Don't see the connection with fairy tales? Be patient.
As I read this book, my New Year's Resolution crystalized in my mind. Yes, I have already said this year was going to be the Year of Maintenance. Maintenance. Work. Getting things done. Sounds good, right?
Not to me.
I wanted something more - positive. Maintenance and work sound like - well, work! But as I was reading my Martha Stewart book, I began to imagine how I would clean my home if it were Martha's home and I was just the hired help. With her exacting standards, I would have to do a better job, or I would be fired!
Then it dawned on me just what I needed in my garden. And in my home. And in my appearance. And, just about everything else in my life.
Now, pride is something I've always been taught one really shouldn't have. When I hear people talking about pride, it's always in a negative connotation. But I've now got a new perspective. Maybe it's not good to have too much of it, but having a bit of pride can be quite useful. This year, I want to feel proud when I show off my garden. I don't want to keep mumbling excuses to my visitors. So, my new New Year's Resolution is to do whatever it takes to have pride in my garden, my home, my appearance, and really, all the areas of my life.
Pride. As Martha would say, "It's a good thing."
So, what does this have to do with Sleeping Beauty? Well, if they had had pride in their castle, and had hired people with Martha's standards, the spindle would never have been left forgotten in some unused room. No, that room would have been dusted, moped, spick-and-span, and that spindle reported and removed tout de suite! And as for the gardens, I bet that gardener wouldn't have gotten away with planting large climbing roses too close to the entrance.
And he would have been told to get rid of the briars. (Although, if he actually accomplished this in under 100 years, I want to know his secret!)
I think Sleeping Beauty's parents were already (metaphorically) asleep before Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on that spindle. I don't think they took pride in their castle. At least, they never looked around in all the rooms to make sure they were clean, and I bet they mumbled excuses when visitors walked around their garden.
I've been asleep, too. But this year I'm waking up. I'm seeing my garden through fresh eyes. I want to be proud of my garden.
I certainly don't want my garden turning into a fairy tale garden!
In other, other news, all photos were taken before this morning's low of 15 degrees, which is quite warm compared to what others are experiencing right now. Supposedly, it will not get above freezing today, but it's forecasted to be in the 60's on Thursday!