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Happy Endings

I was just discussing happy endings with a friend on Pinterest, and I felt the need to clarify to her what a happy ending was. For many a happy ending is when the story ends in hearts and flowers, the paradigm is full of rainbows, and the hero gets everything he ever wanted. That’s great if you’re a Disney princess, but I’m not Disney and I’m no princess.

Sometimes the happy ending is the villain destroying the hero’s world and walking away into the distant horizon cackling as the hero falls to his knees heartbroken and a shattered relic of all that was once good and decent in the world. It just depends on your definition of what a happy ending is.

The end to “The Chronicles of Narnia” is a happy ending as far as I’m concerned. The ending to “1984” is not. The end to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is a happy ending. The end to “Metemorphosis” is not.

It depends on the person reading it. For me, if I can put the book/poem/story down, walk away, and feel as though I gained something from reading it (whether it be a lesson or a new-found fictitious friend, etc.) or feel better having read it than before I read it, then it had a happy ending. If what I read pointed out a problem and offered no solution, or left me emotionally/spiritually/morally dejected after having read it, then it did not end well much less happy. I should not feel worse from reading a story, I should feel better.

Sure, we lose characters we love along the way, for me it was Boromir, but the overall story, the overarching theme should resonate within our souls so that we may live it out every time our soul sings with every passing day. It should not beat down on your soul as though it were the final stand of Helm’s Deep.

Narnia and Uncle Tom’s Cabin had deep, meaningful endings for me. I have always considered them happy endings. I know many people would counter Uncle Tom’s Cabin and say it had a sad ending. It truly depends on your definition and what makes you sad or happy.

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So what have I learned from my new subscription to #snowboardmag? That I am a mere ferry ride away from 8 #snowboard companies. If Seattle manages to fail (doubtful) I can head up to BC or down to OR. Plus we always have the #Oakley store in Southcenter.

So what have I learned from my new subscription to #snowboardmag? That I am a mere ferry ride away from 8 #snowboard companies. If Seattle manages to fail (doubtful) I can head up to BC or down to OR. Plus we always have the #Oakley store in Southcenter.

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