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Princess of Fire
- Love, devotion and passion
Main LessonTrue love is the most powerful way to change the world from the inside, starting with ourselves.
SettingA far away kingdom
CharactersA Princess and a young man
Below you'll find the story text and a link to download it. Use it to improve the emotional and cognitive development of your children or your baby and enhance your parenting skills
There was once and incredibly rich, beautiful, and wise Princess. Tired of false suitors who were only interested in her money, she announced that she would only marry whoever managed to present her with the most valuable, tender, and sincere gift of all.
The palace filled up with flowers and gifts of every kind, letters describing undying love, and love-struck poems. Among all these wonderful gifts, she found a pebble, a simple dirty pebble. Intrigued, she demanded to see whoever it was who had offered this gift. Despite her curiosity, she pretended to be highly offended by the gift when the young man was brought before her. He explained it to her like this,
"Dear Princess, this pebble represents the most valuable thing one can give - it is my heart. It is also sincere, because it is not yet yours, and it is as hard as a stone. Only when it fills with love will it soften and be more tender than any other."
The young man quietly left, leaving the Princess surprised and captivated. She fell so in love that she took the little pebble with her wherever she went, and for months she regaled the young man with gifts and attention. But his heart remained as hard as the stone in her hands. Losing hope, she ended up throwing the pebble into a fire. In the heat of the fire, the sand crumbled from around it, and from out of that rough stone a beautiful golden figure emerged. With this, the Princess understood that she herself would have to be like the fire, and go about separating what is useless from what is truly important.
During the following months she set about changing the kingdom, and devoted her life, her wisdom, and her riches to separating what is truly valuable from what is unimportant. She gave up the luxury, the jewels, the excess; and it meant that everyone in the kingdom now had food to eat and books to read. So many people came away from their interaction with the Princess enchanted by her character and her charisma. Her mere presence transmitted such human warmth that they started to call her 'The Princess of Fire'.
And as with the pebble, the fire of her presence melted the hardness of the young man's heart. And just as he had promised, he became so tender and considerate that he made the Princess happy till the end of her days.
Let's work on this story, now that is fresh on our minds!
A minute for thinking
Why do you think the princess liked the young man? At the beginning of the story, he says that his hearth does not belong to her. Did he have an actual reason to love her? Why do you think he ended loving her? Do you figure out any way to make other people love you?
Children love hearing the love story of their parents. Take this time to tell your child how did you met and what do you liked the most about each other. Don't forget to tell her that the most importante part is not the beginning but everything that comes next
Why don't you try this?
One of the best ways to develop a healthy affectivity is to leearn to admire goodness and good people. To acquire this habit, you can make a photo album for Princesses and Princes of Fire. The goal is to fill it with pictures of people to admire due to their goodness, writing a brief text along the picure explaining the reason. The less famous and closer to you they are, the better.
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