“…..and they all lived, happily, ever after.“
As a kid, I loved reading these words closing the fantasy and folk tales I read compulsively. They were a promise of just reward for every trial and tribulation endured. They were a ray of hope, just ever ahead. I could hold out and traverse one more dark forest, suffer one more villainy. I was a grown man before I realized the closing line was the real fairy tale. For better or worse, often more worse than better, there are no “happy ever afters”, just, maybe, tomorrows. That’ll just have to be enough.