from a castle to a dungeon
“Cecilia, do you still live in the Princess Castle?” Joseph Benedict asked when I was having dinner with his family on the Farewell Tour.
I smiled sadly at my little buddy, who isn’t so little anymore being a big boy of 6. His question made me miss not only the Princess Castle I had just moved out of, but also the wide-eyed lad who, years ago, saw the big blue Victorian house with its glorious turret and asked with breathless wonder if I was a princess since I lived in a castle. “Su-siya,” he had further inquired after I confirmed that I was indeed a princess, “does that mean you are going to marry a prince?” Joseph paused and then announced, “I’m going to be a prince when I grow up!” (He’s already a prince amongst men in my eyes – the little sweetheart!)
The Princess Castle left quite an impression on Joe, and he asked me about it every time he saw me. I think he enjoyed knowing a real live princess* and being able to say he visited her castle. It broke my heart a little when I had to tell him that I didn’t live in the castle anymore.
“But you’re still a princess, right?” he asked.
“Yes, Joseph. I’ll always be a princess.”
Well, I hope Joseph won’t be too disappointed when he finds out that this princess moved from the penthouse of her castle to a dungeon. I only call it a dungeon because it’s a basement apartment, but honestly it is not even close to what one might consider a dungeon to be. It’s a fabulous little set-up: the spacious wood floor is perfect for dancing; the proprietors are wonderful; and I don’t have to walk up several flights of stairs multiple times a day (which was rather taxing on my dainty princess feet).
I don’t think any princess would mind being banished to a dungeon if it were anything like my dungeon. And I don’t think Joseph would mind either, knowing his favorite princess is quite comfortable (aside from being far away from her little buddy). After all, a princess is still a princess no matter where she lives!
*My paternal Grandmother descended from an Irish prince.