The story takes place in New Orleans during the 30s or 40s. Tiana’s family is poor, her mother works as a seamstress and her father James, I’m not sure what he does, but he’s a hard working man trying to provide for his family.
It opens with the mother telling the story of the Frog Prince to Tiana and her employer’s daughter, Charlotte. Charlotte is completely entranced with the idea of wishing on stars and kissing frogs. Tiana, not so much. Her world is very different from Charlotte’s and she knows life is not a fairy tale.
But her parents refuse to squash the innocence of youth. They know people need to have dreams and that wishing on stars is all about much more than a fairy tale. It’s about hope.
Tiana’s parents teach her it’s okay to wish on stars, but you have to add a little something more to the recipe to make it work. James tells her:
“Yes, you wish and you dream with all your little heart. But you remember, Tiana, that old star can only take you part of the way. You got to help him with some hard work of your own. And then… Yeah, you can do anything you set you mind to. “
Wishing and dreaming play an important part in all our lives, but we have to remember, without action, success won’t happen.
When it comes to your creative projects, especially your novel, where do you stand? Do you wish and wish and wonder why nothing ever changes? Is your book still in your head instead of finished, in your hands? Do you wait for someone to give you an opportunity for success on a platter? Or do you make your wishes and then go out and make your success happen?
Photo Credit: Walt Disney “The Princess and the Frog”