The Fairytales I Will Tell My Daughters

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Fairy tales are the biggest deceivers of them all,
And these are the greatest lies
that we have been telling our daughters
from when they are so very small.

Because when girls grow up they realise
That not a single one of those fairy tales are true
So instead the tales I tell my children are going
to be made of these antiquated stories made brand new.

I’m going to tell them about Red Riding Hood
Never stopping to speak to any forest creature
And reaching her grandmother’s house
Just in time to take an axe to the neck of the big bad wolf.

And about how Snow White would have been killed
had she not learnt self defence from her father’s soldiers
and known how to go for the eyes, the nose, the throat
when the huntsman had grabbed her wrist to force her closer to him

And about how Cinderella did not let her step mother
Get away with treating her like she was a servant in her own home
Instead she visited the best lawyer in town and
Got the witch and both her girls thrown out, all on her own.

I’m going to teach them about how wrong
The Prince was to try and kiss Aurora in her sleep
Because consent is the most important thing
And how she screamed for help instead of wept in relief.

And Alice, dear Alice who went into Wonderland
So completely unprepared, was stupid to be
drinking potions that could be poison
Eating cakes that could have killed her then and there

What kind of lessons would they learn if I told them
Being irresponsible and ‘having an adventure’
Was more important that being a good, strong
Sensible human being?
What kind of a person would I be if I let them think
Such behaviour wouldn’t lead them to be
taken for granted, taken advantage of,
or a much worse fate that I cannot see?

Because the biggest truth about fairy tales
Is that they lie to little girls about
Always being sugar and spice
And they will get a prince if they play dumb and nice.

The fairy tales we should tell our daughters
should be about strong women with real flaws,
immense amounts of courage
and incredible qualities.

Let us raise girls who don’t just wait to be rescued,
but take their destiny in their own hands,
pick up swords and weapons of their own
and charge to battle dragons and their enemies. TC mark

Nikita Gill

Nikita is the author of Your Soul Is A River, a book about healing and becoming whole again.

Your Soul Is A River

“Love a soft person. The ones who are positive, even in the worst of circumstances. Someone whose strength is not in bravado, but in their quiet. Someone who is strong for others because that is what is needed in that moment. Someone who is the moon that soothes instead of the sun that burns. Someone who sees the very best in people even when you think they aren’t worth it. The kind of person who always wants to do the best for those they love.”
—Excerpt from Your Soul Is A River, by Nikita Gill

“I bought this on a whim to read as I was resting for the night, and I do not regret it one bit! Everything about the poetry in this book is amazing, heart breaking, and soul searching. It will lift your spirits on your darkest days. I want to thank the author so much for writing this, as it’s something I will be rereading a lot! Always remember, everything about you is important. You matter.” —McKayla

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