I am not much a television watcher, did you know that? At most, I'd have one or two TV shows to watch (i.e Ghost hunters and Walking Dead), and if I miss an episode or two, that's not a big deal for me. So when some friends found that I love 'Fables', a comic book series about fairy tale characters who found themselves stuck in the real world (Earth) among us, I was told that I should watch "Once (upon a time)" TV series. The TV series is similar to Fables in characters, but the difference is Fables were chased to this world from the dictator who took over many worlds, destroying all magic but his own, while in Once upon a time, it was a curse upon the characters by the evil queen, who wanted her happiness above everyone else. There was only one who escaped that curse, Emma Swan, a daughter born to Snow White and her prince Charming, now an adult. She was placed in the real world, as a baby before the curse took over. However, she does not believe in magic, yet she's the heroine expected to rescue the characters out of the 'real life' back to their story-tale world. Anyway.... I started to watch the series.
And I got hooked.
I love the plot, the characters, Snow White (Mary Margaret), Red Riding Hood (Red), Prince Charming (David), Jiminy (Archie), etc, the real world echoing the story tale in many ways like Archie/Jiminy being a psychologist (if one gets to think about it, Jiminy was certainly a counselor to Pinocchio in the story!) and who knew Rumplestiltskin can be both ugly and hot at same time?!
Rumplestiltskin (Once upon a time)
And I think I'm in love with the main character, Emma Swan. Her ten years old son, whom she had given up as a baby, had found her in Boston and asked her to save him and the people in Storybrooke (can anyone see the pun there?!). Turns out his adoptive mother is the evil queen, now the mayor of the town. Emma decided to stay in town, to get to know her son and figure what is going on in the 'strange' town. Why I like her? She's very strong- she was shaken to find out her son found her, yet she decided to stay among strangers. Some folks try to change her, manipulate her, try to destroy her, just because she's 'different.' And in one episode I saw (and managed to find a gif of it), it just nails it all for me.
Emma Swan (Once upon a time)
On the infertility journey, I found that people have expected me to stay who I was, to stay 'exactly the same' as one remembered, as if the journey never happened. It does not mean for the worse. It means there are lessons on the journey that will change one, and that's something we can't lie about. One can choose to come out stronger, as Emma did, to stick out and say "Hey, I decide for myself, not you."