[MONTHLY RE-READS] Cinderella// The Continuous Necessity of a Mother’s Love

The night was dark and the air was full of sorrow and gloom. The trees outside – swaying left to right – seemed to be lamenting something, perhaps a loss of someone dear? Of someone Ella would feel the absence of bitterly for the rest of her days?

Yes. It was a very dark and mysterious night indeed because Ella had just found out her mother was dead.

Imagine – a little girl whose life was the very definition of perfection; a girl who used to play carefree in the gardens like there was no tomorrow; a girl who loved listening to her mother’s stories above everything else; a girl whose existence was still dripped in innocence and a sweet naivety to the mean ways of the world – this little girl’s whole life had turned upside down in a matter of days. Such a realization doesn’t come easily to someone so young but when it comes, the pain is unbearable.

I felt such a pain when I thought about Ella wandering about the big, big halls of her house – now left cold and lonely without the heart-warming presence of her mother – trying to wrap her head around the painful fact that she will never hear her mother’s sweet voice call her name again; she will never be able to hug her, breathe in her sweet scent and relax in her embrace and fall asleep – gently tucked away from all the cruelties of the world.

All of that protection had been snatched away from Ella WAY TOO SOON and I couldn’t help but feel her repressed remorse way too bitterly. It was as if a fair share of Ella’s grief had been transferred to me – through those deceptively simple yet powerful words.

A mother’s importance is not easily understood. Sure we love her, adore her, care for her, loathe to part from her – but all of that is still not enough.

It just isn’t enough.

Ella’s parting from her mother was the turning point in her otherwise happy life. Everything was going to be very different from then on. She hadn’t even realized how she would crave for a single sweet word from her step-mother forever, and what saddens me is that it would never come. Not ever.

Can a child’s need for the love of her mother be fulfilled by another? I don’t think so.

A mother knows her child’s deepest desires, fondest dreams, shortcomings and strengths, likes, and dislikes – she knows all of that even better than she knows her own self. She is the very link that joins a child with the vast world. Break that and everything becomes devoid of colors; you become lonely on this earth full of wonderful people. Without the love of a mother, EVERYTHING stops making sense.

And to become devoid of that at such a young age? Tears got stuck in my throat as I thought about all the hardships Ella had to face – the ones we, the reader, were made privy to + the ones that we never ever knew about!

Such a sad, sad world it is without the loving shade of the woman who gifts us with life. And to still go on as Ella didhead high and hopes in her heart shows the kind of gentle courage that the world today is in dire need of.

So accept our humble thanks, dear Ella, for helping each and every one of us realize that there is beauty in every difficulty, love in every brush of the wind that blows across the wide sky.

And most importantly, for reminding us to be thankful for our dear, dear mothers – without whom the world would, indeed, be a very gloomy place to live in.

I didn’t read Cinderella – in it’s complete form – until a few years ago. It struck me how beautifully simple all these fairy tales are – and how they manage to make you FEEL with a keenness that even the most cleverly written books can’t rival!

And this year – with all it’s complexities and horrors – demanded a revisit to this beautiful story. ❤

How about YOU, though?
When was the first time you read Cinderella?
What’s your favorite fairy tale? Any suggestions for me? 😉 ❤ *heart eyes*

37 thoughts on “[MONTHLY RE-READS] Cinderella// The Continuous Necessity of a Mother’s Love

  1. I love Cinderella! It’s been awhile since I’ve revisited the fairy tale! I’d recommend The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson ☺️ it’s my favorite fairy tale of all time

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    1. I haven’t read The Little Mermaid yet, you know! But of course…I AM DYING TO! You know now that I think about it – THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO REASON NOT TO ANYMORE! *shrugs* I am definitely going to make it a point to seek out that charming story asap! 😉 ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ THANK YOU NSOO MUCH FOR READING, Allisa! 🙂 ❤

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    1. SERIOUSLYYY!!! 😦 😦 😦 😦 sSO SAD! 😦 And you’ll feel it even more when you’ll read the full version of the storyyy!!!!

      AREN’T THEYY??!?! They are actually from my Instagram! xD

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    1. AWWWW!!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, Erin! Your comment has made my dayy!!! I AM SO GLAD YOU LIKE MY BLOG! The…ummm…the plan? The free one, I suppose?! Or are you asking about the theme?

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      1. Uhhh…you know what maybe it’s because of the new block editor that you are having some problems! Just select the text you want to change, and a little block with options like heading, bold, italics, font colour will appear – choose what you want to do and then….just…umm…it’ll happen? Okay I am really bad at explaining this I am SO SORRY! 😭😭😭😭😭 But I am hoping this will help?


  2. Do we know who wrote Cinderella originally? Or is this a gaping hole in my reader knowledge that I don’t know!! I read Cinderella as a ladybird classic as a little girl… omg Rain that book… I read it so many times. I was besotted with the storyline but also with her dress… there was a gorgeous illustration of a blue ball gown with gold detail… STOLE MY GIRLISH HEART! When I was about 8 though, I got a big hardback that was the complete fairytales of Hans Christian Anderson and that book… WOW! I loved it and still love it. When I need comfort I pull it out of the bookshelf and dip in. My favourite stories are The Little Match Girl, Thumbelina, The Tinder Box, The Snow Queen and of course The Little Mermaid… but there are countless others in that book. I love fairytales. They are perfect at any age I think. 😊😊😊 beautiful post as ever Rain 🧡❤️💜❤️🧡💜🧡❤️🧡💜🧡❤️🧡


    1. Well…I am sure there are many but I think the most popular one is Charles Perrault?! But I own CS Evan’s version. AND IT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

      AWWWW!!!! ME TOOO!!! I had this illustrated version as well and that part when she makes a grand entrance wearing a white ballgown – FLOORED!!!!

      I still haven't read that many stories Hans Christian Anderson though…am a fan of Grimm's brothers as well!!! 😉 CREEPYYYY!!!

      THE NOW QUEEN – there is this beautiful edition by Barnes and Nobles I think? that I have been pining over ever since I saw it! GOTTA OWN IT SOOOOOON!!! *heart eyes forever*


      AWW! Thank you SOOO MUCH, Emer! I am, glad you liked the post…your comments are always a delight! ❤


      1. Oh I read the brothers Grimm too. They appealed to me more when I was a little older and now I love an adult or ya fairytale style book that incorporates that same sort of gothic creepiness as was in their books. In The Night Wood by Dale Bailey is an example that springs to mind. Very much a contemporary setting and not a children’s book, but it has that eerie quality because of the wood, a mysterious house and a whole lot more besides. Highly recommend it ☺️☺️☺️


    1. Thank you soo much, Priscilla! I am
      so glad you liked the post! 😇

      OH MY GOD YESSS! I remember I read as a kid, mumma used to read it to me and my brother before bedtime! 😍😍 And those illustrations used to fascinate me so! I remember I used to ask for beans or any kind of seeds to sow in the garden, so that one day it’ll grow into a GIANT BEANSTALK! 😍🤣🤣


  3. I have never read Cinderella but I’ve seen the animated and live-action movies of it and have heard the story so many times throughout my life that I feel like I know it by heart now but I am now curious to know what the book has to offer on this regard. I love how emotionally-connected you are to so many characters, especially those in books you adore hahaha And those pictures are indeed gorgeous! Do you leave in a castle too or something???? Maybe that’s why you relate to these princesses hahahah Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one, Rain!! 😀

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    1. OH PLEASE PLEASEEEE DOOO READ IT, Lashaan! The complete version…you will definitely find new things, look at them from a new perspective I AM TELLING YOUUUU!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍

      Hahahaha 😂 It’s just that….I just…whenever I open a book I want to become intensely aware of it’s characters – know them, through the story and beyond! It creates a nearness to these otherwise fictional beings and brings them alive in so many ways! 😍 I LOVE THAT EXPERIENCE!

      Maybee!! 🤷🏻‍♀️😉👑

      Thank YOU for reading, Lashaan!😇🦋

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  4. As Adults l have to come to believe, that we view fairytales quite differently….maybe when we were kids we couldn’t see the hardships in them,just the MAGIC….
    Have you read Princess and the Pea…

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    1. Yesss! Exactly!! As a child, all I could see was – GOODIEEE!! A PRINCE 🤴🏻 A FAIRYYY!!! MAGIC! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣🤣
      It’s only now that I have begun to personally relate with the characters and it is such a beautiful experience! 😍🌻
      No! How is it?😍😍😍


    1. AWWWWW!!! YOUR COMMENT HAS MADE MY DAYYYY Beck!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ *lots of sunflowers for youuuu (pretend they are here because i am on my computer and don't have access to all those wonderful emojis* xD

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  5. I don’t think I’ve even read a full version of Cinderella? I know the Disney one of course and there is a version in a book of fairy stories I have, but I guess it’s one of those tales which writers have changed a lot over the years.

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  6. I read Cinderella years ago (as an adult) – I’ve been reading some of the original fairy tales lately as I have bought a few collections for my daughter. I recently re-read the original The little mermaid and it’s quite different from the Disney version!

    Great blog post.

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    1. Oh my god I AM SOOO EXCITED FOR YOUR DAUGHTER! She’ll have so much fun reading these classic tales AND OF COURSE SHE’LL HAVE YOU who will DEFINITELY ENCOURAGE HER READING HABITS! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ *heart eyes*

      I have never read or watched The Little Mermaid, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT??!?! *gasp* I GOT TO THOUGH! ASAP!

      I am SOOO glad you liked the post, Jules! Your comments are delightful, AS ALWAYS! ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤


  7. I used to be really into folklore back in the day and I think I’ve read several versions of Cinderella or Aschenputtle or whatever else the call it. It’s a pretty interesting tale and I think this post does highlight one of the more intriguing aspects.


  8. Hmm, I haven’t read Cinderella since I was a kid and had a book with Disney fairy tales — that’s another thing. I should probably read the original tale at some point. But the part of her mum’s death was so glossed over it makes me angry now that I think about it. Makes me want to hug my mum too ❤

    I read a really cool and super funny retelling of Cinderella some time back though — The Dryad’s shoe by T. Kingfisher. It's short but hilarious!

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    1. Yesss! In the abridged versions the narrative just breezes over that incident as if it was nothing serious. But then…maybe because they don’t want the children to think about death too much! I don’t know but reading the complete version had me sobbing! 🥺 Poor Ella!

      The Dryad’s Shoe you say? I hadnt heard of it but I am definitely going to look it up now! 😍😍😍❤️

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