• Karen Rose Kobylka

Once Upon a Time

Updated: Oct 23, 2019


Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman named Karen. She loved beautiful things, but other people sometimes confused her. The thought so many things are beautiful, but it seemed to her like others only thought a few things were beautiful. Her sisters did not see how beautiful things were, neither did her friends. Sometimes it seemed to Karen like she was the only one who thought all things were beautiful. One day, when Karen was feeling very alone, Karen went to the park. There she found a small gray bird that other people had said was plain, but that she thought was lovely. "Why couldn't they see how lovely the bird was?" she asked herself. While she watched it, a lady who had been young a very long time ago came and sat on the bench next to her. This woman reached into her purse, pulled out a bag of bread crumbs, and threw them to the bird. The little gray bird came and pecked at the crumbs happily.

Karen looked over at the lady. She was very beautiful. She had sparkling eyes, and the loveliest silver hair that Karen had ever seen. The little creases around her eyes and lips made it look like she was eternally smiling, and Karen loved that too. "Why, you're so beautiful." Karen said. The lady turned to Karen and smile. "Why, thank you my dear. No one has told me that I was beautiful in a very long time." "That's very sad." Karen said thoughtfully. "I find that a lot of people can only see that a few things are beautiful. But, I think there are quite a lot of things that are beautiful, don't you agree?" "I never thought of it that way. I think I was beautiful once. Now, I am not so sure." "But you are!" Then, an idea came to Karen. "Let me show you!" The two women left the little gray bird to scratch at the bread crumbs, and the two ladies went back to Karen's little house. There, Karen went to work. She combed through the silver hair and put it in beautiful curls. She lined the sparkling eyes and roughed the cheeks and lips, and by the time she was done, she turned the chair and let the woman look into the mirror.

"Oh my goodness! You made me beautiful!" She cried. "I didn't make you beautiful. You were beautiful already. I just made it so that other people could see it." That night, the woman went out dancing for the first time in many years. From that moment on, Karen realized that she had found her life's calling. She was not going to make people beautiful. She was going to uncover beauty so that other people could see it. Karen was even able to make it a business and make it her life's work. It delighted her to no end.

For the rest of her days, Karen went from place to place, showing people of all ages and from all walks of life how beautiful they were, and the world was better for it.

....And she lived happily ever after.


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