I turn to my right and see a white vehicle with a red ribbon across its bumper. We head towards it and I see it is gleaming white Escalade.
“Sit inside, my princess.”
I nod; no words come out. I can’t speak—I am numb with shock.
Inside is all cream leather, it smells good, and hanging from the rear view mirror is a heart with pink Swarovski crystals spelling out “princess.”
“Do you like it? What do you think? Is it truly just like your wish?”
Oh my god, just like I had dreamed about, just like my wish. It was an Escalade.
I had always dreamed about owning an Escalade and here it was—my dream had come true.
I was lost for words—did not know what to say.
“Is this really for me?”
“Yes, princess; I wanted to give you something that you wished for.”
“Wow; really, is this for me? This is too much—I can’t take this gift.”
“You needed a new vehicle. So you may as well have this one.”
“But it is still too much.”
“Nothing is ever enough for you… Come, let’s go for a drive and grab a tea on the way. I will get my coffee.”
I start the engine, and I back out of the parking lot.
“Thank you—this is truly the best Valentine’s Day gift ever.”
“My pleasure princess, and now you will never have a chance of being late.”
“What do you mean?”
“You have a talking GPS; this will guide you wherever you want to go.”
I laugh; I was always late because I always seem to get lost, now I would be on time.
“Look, I will show you.”
My prince punched in the address for our favorite tea place and the lady spoke: “Destination 16 Ave NW, turn right.”
I laugh; “This is crazy.”
“No, you have made me crazy.”
I smile and turn up the radio and look ahead. It felt so surreal. Truly this is how a princess must feel and I was feeling it!
Inside though, I knew this was going to be short-lived.
Although this was a wish come true, what would I say to my husband about the Escalade? How would I explain where I got this brand new car from?
I felt nauseous and kept churning the thoughts around in my head. I mean, this was a brand new Escalade, not any old vehicle that I could make an excuse for.
It was a beautiful gift and a wish that had come true, but I could not just keep it and pretend it had just magically appeared. I knew it was too good to be true. Furthermore if I took it home right now, he would wonder where I got it from, especially on Valentine’s Day.
So I turned to my prince and said: “Although this gift is beyond my wildest dreams, I cannot accept it; what will I say to my family and friends?”
“Say whatever, I will not take it back. This is for you and this is a gift. I cannot take it back; I will be offended.”
I was worried, but I so wanted to keep this Escalade. Maybe I was being greedy, but when does one get a chance of a lifetime to get an Escalade?
I did not know what to do and I was feeling anxious and worried to say the least.
“Princess, just make any old excuse, but keep this gift; I cannot take it back.”
“But what shall I say; where did I get this from?”
“I think you should say that you part exchanged your vehicle for an escalade. So your vehicle exchange was the down payment and hereafter you make monthly payments.”
This did sound a bit more convincing. My husband did know that I had always wanted an Escalade.
“But what if someone asks for the paperwork, monthly breakdown—then what?”
“I will get my accountant to make you the paperwork, but why would someone ask you anyway?”
I paused and stayed quiet; what could I say? I could not tell him that I had another life that he did not know about.
“Princess, live in the moment, don’t stress about others. I told you—think about yourself first.”
I thought about it; he was right: this was my wish and it had come true. Why should I not keep it? Why did I have to worry about others all the time and especially my husband who was never there for me anyway? Did I not always complain that I never got anything for Valentine’s Day?
Now that I had the gift of gifts, I was thinking of returning it.
“My prince, I am beyond astounded for this gift, but I can’t take it home tonight; let me take it tomorrow. Please just trust me on this. Also I have my other vehicle, so have to take care of that one, too.”
“OK, princess. I can sense something is troubling you. This is what we will do; I will call my driver to take this Escalade and you can go home in your own vehicle. Tomorrow, I will get my driver to pick up your vehicle and I will make sure you get a good price for it. You are then free to take your Escalade. Just remember to transfer your registration to the Escalade. Keep the plate for the Escalade or cancel and get a new one, choice is yours. I will get everything drawn up for you, don’t worry. You are a princess; leave the formalities of life to me. I do not want you stressed ever it, just remember that.”
“Thank you for everything. And for taking care of me—no one has ever done that for me.”
“I told you, my princess: for you the world, nothing less will do.”
I smiled; for once I was able to bestow my problems on someone else and not place a huge burden on myself and worry myself to death. It felt good and I wished it would be like this forever.
I had to start living a little for myself, and enjoy the moments. Life was too short to waste it on the negative. I had spent a lifetime worrying about everything and still it had remained the same. Let’s see what would happen if I stopped worrying!