Happily ever after
I wonder who was the first author to demonize stepmothers? Why do so many fairy tales start with evil stepmothers? Surely there are some awesome moms who step into those really difficult roles and try to make the most of an awkward situation. If I had a stepmother I guess the first thing I would do is criticise her cooking.
It is a fact of life that some people are just difficult and very hard to please. I would like to imagine that they don’t plan to be this way. Difficult situations can have several effects on people. They either make you strong and resilient or angry and defensive. I can imagine that it could prove quite a challenge living with the latter!
A mother is such an amazing gift and that gift is somewhat extended when you get blessed with a second one. It’s a pity that none of those happily ever after stories don’t end with a reconciliation. That would be the ultimate fairytale to me!