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Happily ever after!

I grew up in a tough neighborhood and it was just me, my mom and my sister. The political situation where I grew up was tough on my mom and she was only getting half of her normal teachers salary. My dad made things worse by coming and going, being physically abusive and stealing things to support his addictions; but never bringing anything for the family. Life was not easy but I did manage to have some magical moments in my childhood. I had an amazing mom who is the strongest woman I know, I had great friends that where in similar situations and I loved singing and performing from a young age; which made me feel good about myself. When I was 4 years old I saw my first Disney movie (Little Mermaid). Ariel was beautiful, she loved to sing, like me, and eventually she found her happily ever after because she was brave and persistent. Now in my twenties I realize that the idea of happily ever after is quite different in the modern world, but at the same time similar. We all have our own ideas of happily ever after or just being happy. Never the less when I was a little girl those happily ever after movies offered me an escape, showed me beauty and taught me to dream. Sometimes I hear negative conversations about princess movies, but I want everyone to realize that each one