The Frog Prince

22.3.13

When I was younger, I used to always make Mum make a detour to the pond at my older sister's school when we dropped her off in the morning.  The reason for this was that there sat a stone frog which I had to kiss, every day without fail, in the hopes that it would magically turn into a prince.  It's one of those hazy memories, where I remember skipping over to him to land a peck on his mouth, whilst Mum will tell you she was hanging onto me by my hood to stop me from falling into the pond.  Note, I did later fall into a pond at school but it wasn't that one.

Anyway, somewhere along the way my frog went missing.  No one knew where he went so I liked to think that he'd turned into a prince one night and gone off looking for me.  We joke that he turned into Ed, and I have a golden frog prince charm sitting on my charm bracelet to remind me of this.

Fast forward 22 years, and now working at that same school, imagine my surprise when our (sometimes grumpy) caretaker walked through the library the other week holding my frog.  I squealed in shock and he looked equally surprised when he told me that he found him at the bottom of the pond while it was being excavated.  I was pleased as punch, and the caretaker looked just as chuffed (bless him) and launched into a stream of consciousness about fate.  He finished by telling me he was really happy for me, as though I'd just found a long-lost love.

And in some ways I have.  On the one hand I'm sad that I can no longer believe in fairytales and think that I've found a my prince in my Ed, on the flip side I'm not deluded and didn't really think a stone ornament could magically turn human overnight.  It's actually rather nice that a piece of my childhood has come full circle and a mystery has now been solved.  But what's really lovely is the sense of joy I felt when I found him which seemed to rub off on everyone around me witnessing it.  He now sits beside me at my desk, and though I had plans to give him a make over and get him looking spiffy again, I rather like the shabby-chic look he has.

So there we have it.  A piece of childhood nostalgia shared with you all which makes me smile whenever I catch sight of my frog prince.

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  1. Oh wow I love this anecdote :) anything that makes you nostalgic for childhood is a winner in my book but this is just such a perfect tale! Xx

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    1. It was so weird the way I recognised him straight away. And even weirder that I talk about him as if he's real. But out of all the garden ornament frogs in the world, I would have thought the chances of me recognising one I hadn't seen for 20+ years was pretty slim! x

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  2. This is AWESOME! What a sweet story, and that caretaker sounds adorable xx

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    1. I'll arrange a meeting for you....not sure you'll call him adorable in person ;) x

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  3. This is AMAZING! Best fate story ever. What a handsome little chap he is!xxx

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    1. Haha not my usual type, but I quite like the weathered look! x

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  4. This is an AMAZING story!! Love it!

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  5. Aw what a lovely story! Glad you finally found him! Xx

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    1. Me too! Thanks for commenting :) x

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  6. Such a lovely story! So cool that you found him again after all these years and that you found your real life prince in your boyfriend. He's an incredibly cute little frog, you should definitely keep him looking like this! x

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    1. I was going to tart him up to have him on display somewhere else, but I think next to me at my desk is much nicer....and he suits the colours in the room this way! x

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  7. Aww this is the sweetest thing! What a lovely wonderful story :)

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  8. Such a sweet story! So glad you found your little frog. Not going to lie, stuff like this gets me kind of emotional.
    I don't think he needs a makeover, I'd say leave him looking the way he is :) x

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    1. It was weird, because all the people around me when I spotted him got all excited as well. I think we live in a world that loves to drag each other down, but actually when there's good news it's such a nice feeling for everyone to share! x

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  9. That's the cutest thing ever! What a lovely man to give it to you too! And it's lovely to know you've found your own Prince Charming.
    Abigail x
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    1. I love the fact that he's a real conversation-starter that I can keep forever! x

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  10. What an amazing story! I love little twists of fate like that!

    Maria xxx

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    1. I'm a big believer in signs and things happening for a reason too! x

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  11. This is amaaaazing! Such a cool story, I'm so pleased you found your frog (and prince!) x

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  12. Your posts are always a pleasure to read :)
    I love little memories that stay with your throughout life.

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    x

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    1. I think this is the sort of comment nearly all bloggers love to read. Thank you so much! x

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    1. :) and such a fab word for it! x

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  14. That's such a lovely story! xx

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  15. Such a nice story & reminds me of a frog ornament anecdote of my own. :)

    Charlotte xx

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