Once upon a time, there lived a princess named Juliette who had kissed one too many frogs. In fact, the last one she’d kissed made her SO MAD, she swore she would never ever kiss another frog – ever again!
Juliette was tired of trying to look pretty—while pretending not to be too smart – for frogs who certainly weren’t appreciating her for who she really was!
Feeling discouraged, she went for a hike in the woods. The thick forest of trees and the many dark shadows she saw there matched her mood she somehow felt comforted by them.
A wolf walked by and asked, “How are you doing today?”
Juliette replied, “Don’t mess with me right now, Mister Wolf. I’m in a BAAAAD mood!”
He just shrugged his shoulders and kept on walking through the woods.
Soon, Juliette came upon a stream flowing through a clearing in the trees. She leaned down and bent over, about to cup some water with her hands for a drink, when she saw her reflection in the stream. Juliette saw that her face looked so tired and so sad, she began to cry.
However, the very moment her tear drops touched the water… just like magic, for every tear drop that fell, a fairy appeared.
By the time Juliette stopped crying, wiped her face and looked up, a hundred and three fairies had gathered around her!
Surprised they were there AND surprised she could see them, Juliette’s face broke into a huge smile, temporarily forgetting her bad mood.
A dark-skinned fairy who wore a shimmery light purple gown flew straight over to Juliette and asked her, “What’s up, Princess? Where ya’ goin’?”
Juliette replied, “Honestly, I have no idea! And if you tell me that that’s where I’ll end up, I’m outta’ here!”
“No worries, Chile’. We mean no such thing. When you cried, we came to life! We is here jus’ fo’ you!”
The princess had never heard of a fairy speaking in an old Southern African American accent before, and she laughed, thinking it sounded funny.
“You’s laughin’ at my accent, I knows. ‘Day all do! Dat’s why I be da’ one who talks first! Makes most folk fo’get about day-selves fo’ da’ moment. Now you’s havin’ some frog troubles, we gatha’. Right?”