Friends for the Journey
The king and queen agreed at once. The princess and the youngest brother were married. The father, the much-chastened brothers, the little men, and even the faery-woman came to the wedding and celebrated his good fortune. The princess and the lad were glad together, and when the old king and queen died after long and happy lives, the princess and the youngest-brother-turned king ruled with kindness, justice, and joy.
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As I was reading fairy tales to my children all those years ago, I noticed that the hero of the story always had help along the way. I believe this is another important instruction about how to become a worthy leader. It seems to me the message being communicated here is this: you cannot do ...