The king looks at himself in the mirror, kisses the image and loves himself. He hands the princess a cushion to make sure she is comfortable. He gives the queen flowers. He holds the door for the maid.

"Once upon a time, there was a man who made himself lovable."

The notion of lovability

Fairy tales usually do not describe the time in between the wedding and ‘happily ever after’. Their focus is on the trials and tribulations preceding the wedding. Finding the right prince for the princess or the right princess for the prince is the big challenge. Much is gained in a relationship when we manage to find the one person who feels like the right companion for us.

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