Now some men may be six feet tall, own a platinum card, retain a drivers license, able to die for our country, and saddle up to the bar stool legally; but it does not guarantee that they are and adult. These are owls and crows with degrees. Or Monkeys with wigs. Then others are more like Pinocchio falling from addiction, to abuse, and prison.
In some cases, they are not even adolescent yet. But still boys waiting for the maturity of puberty to come on.
My advice to you women who are dating them, jump ship!
If you stay with them, here is the fairy Tale to save them that has been in the movie AI and saving nemo. But maybe after this story you will not.
Now Geppetto wanted a son. But he was not ready yet to raise one because his temper was great. He was not taught enough by his own parents example to be a fine parent. But he made a son anyway.
Now like father like son, Pinocchio was a rascal like his old man. Which made things worse for him. For every time Pinocchio got in trouble, it reminded Geppetto of the shame and trouble he brought his own father. This only made him more angry at Pinocchio. Once out in public, Geppetto was seen thrashing Pinocchio. Which he was sent to prison for.
During this time Pinocchio raised himself. He took to doing everything he wanted to. Jumping through brooks, through dales, and fields. Always watching out for the police who was after him originally on the day they arrested Geppetto.
One day Pinocchio returns home to find a Cricket talking to him. This Cricket has lived in the house for a hundred years. He warns Pinocchio if he does not learn to earn a keep by hand and mind he would turn into an ass. So Pinocchio throws a hammer at him and kills him.
This Cricket was a minute version of Merlin. The old sage that lives in our mind. Also these can be external real people who speak outward of what we know we should be doing. It is like the angel on the shoulder who gets knocked off for the promises of fun and easy pursuits by the devil on the other. But they are both our friends who come to us in our youth. Like Merlin advising Arthur before he pulls the sword of adulthood and direction from the stone, the Cricket had came to teach this boy how to be a good King of his own life.
This begins the long arduous road to redemption for Pinocchio. He becomes like many believing that the devils path of denial and ease will bring him to heaven. But the devil will be his friend. Like his father, Pinocchio will find himself in prison in time too.
So Pinocchio with no trade or eduction finds himself hungry in his house alone. Except for a single egg in the corner. He cracks it open to cook an omelet. But a Chick flies out and thanks him for his help and flies away.
The egg is the symbol of the soul, and his is cracked. The chick, like at easter, is the resurrection of our redemption into better people. Which is far from coming for our little Pinocchio. This is the first of many bird references within the story. Alchemy which is the spiritual practice of turning the lead of your soul into gold is referred by many as the Secret language of Birds.
Giving up for the night, Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet on the foot warmer he hoped to cook the omelet on. Being made out of wood, he woke in the morning to find his feet burned off. The feet is the symbol of parental foundation, which he has none.
Geppetto is released from Prison that morning to find his son alone in the house. Geppetto has no key to get in and calls to Pinocchio. But Pinocchio can not make it to the door. He is reluctant to let the father back in. But Geppetto makes his way in through the window and is feeling great guilt over leaving Pinocchio to raise himself he ignores his son refusal to let him in and promises to make him new feet. He also gives Pinocchio his only three pears and starves himself. Pinocchio eats them all without sharing any.
Pinocchio is so grateful for the pears that he promises to go to school and become a good boy. So Geppetto sells his only coat, being an old thin man cost him much, so Pinocchio can buy an ABC book. But before Pinocchio can buy such a book, he spends his money on a puppet show.
At the puppet show the puppets treat him like a brother. But the puppet master finds him and wants to use him as firewood to cook his meal on. Pinocchio talks his way out of it, but the puppet master calls for Harlequin to be placed on the fire instead. But Pinocchio pleads for his new found brothers life and saves him. For his kindness, the Puppet master gives Pinocchio five gold coins for his poor father without a coat.
Pinocchio means well. He has shown compassion for his brother, but society is a mean mistress. Far worse than any lover nature pretended to be with her storms and famines. For society is filled with cats and foxes waiting to prey on your desires and weaknesses.
Pinocchio is enticed by a fox missing its paw and a blind cat. Enticed in believing that beyond the Town of Simple Simons lay a field. A field that is so magical it is called the field of Wonders. That if anyone was to place a gold coin buried within it, it would sow thousands in its place by morning.
A bird tries to warn Pinocchio about this bluff, but he is snatched out of mid air by this blind cat and eaten for his troubles. Instinct is overcome by greed.
So Pinocchio journeys on with his new found friends a short distance to this field. The devil promised a short cut, but as Pinocchio finds that the devil’s short cut always makes one weary. So our group falls to an inn for the night.
The Fox who could not think of eating more than a cracker eats an ox. Where the cat who says he ate before his journey tonight falls to eating the herd the ox came from. But Pinocchio who is lost in his dreams loses his hunger. The group adjourns for the night.
Pinocchio awakes in the middle of the night to get his friends to continue onto the field. But they are gone leaving the tab and a message to meet them under the a tree in that field. Pinocchio’s first gold coin is lost.
On the way he meets with the cricket once more. Like Merlin, Gandolf, and ,soon you will find out, Dumbledor have all returned from the dead to advise us. The voice we ignored telling us the right thing to do has never left. It may be the voice of your dead Grand parent. Only occasionally we allow it to sneak in to advise us to ignore our ego and do what is right. But it makes no promises and calls for work. The cricket warns Pinocchio once again that wealth only comes from the work of mind and hand. But it falls on wooden ears.
At the tree Pinocchio is confronted with assassins who try to steal his money. Pinocchio places it in his mouth and bites off one of their hands when they try to steal it. These assassins were the cat and fox in disguise. So they capture Pinocchio and hang him by his neck on a grand oak. Expecting to find him dead in the morning with his mouth open and the coins littered on the ground.
The hanged man in the tarot cards which is taken from the myth of Odin who had given himself to himself on a tree for nine nights to gain illumination. It is the act of dying to oneself that brings on a new job, the end of a habit, or the courage to leave our abusive spouse. It is the act of killing misses Smith just to become Joan. The act of quitting the job to become Frank. It is sacrifice of what is killing us no more faster than cigarette do.
An old axiom is, if you want to boil a frog you must turn up the heat slowly. Most of what is in life that kills us comes on this slow and is easy to be denied.
But a fairy that denied him access to her home when he was running from the assassins has pity for him now. She sends a falcon to free him and return him to he house. This is the woman who can only fall in love with the bad boy. Some one she can save. This urge tends to be grown in a child when a parent does not act like one and falls abuse to the world or the other parent. So the child becomes the adult to soon in vain attempts to save the parent. In hopes the parent will love and save them. When they find themselves incapable of saving the parent, they try to save the world.
But they are not all sweetness and light, for just like their parent they have a hyde side. Every victim needs a slayer and the king is twin to the fool. Tables turn quick in this world.
An owl, a crow, and the cricket returns to doctor our near dead Pinocchio. The Owl and Crow are the air bags of wealth and position young boys in our society must admire to become. But Pinocchio knows truth, if education and work make you like them, he wants nothing of it. But Cricket abuses him ones more for his sins.
Being half dead the Fairy tries to give him medicine. This medicine is trying to point out Pinocchio’s faults so he can change his life. But he will not hear any of it without the sugar of the sweat tongue. In praising him to do better, Pinocchio never hears his faults until two black rabbits come into the room carrying a coffin.
How many times does one come near to prison, death, or suicide before he changes his ways. He is scared straight. But it becomes too much for the youth to continue without the constant fear of death in his mind. So relapse is imminent for these people.
Always two steps forward, three steps back. The abuser in the codependency relationship is always sorry the day after and treats his partner like a god or queen for a couple of weeks until society pulls the rug out from him again. And back into the abuse of his or her partner.
Now The Blue Fairy wants to save his father and Pinocchio and has sent for Geppetto to move in. The woman in this relationship does not only see her mate but also her father in him she wants to save.
So she asks Pinocchio about his money. Like Irish women in Ireland during the thirties, they knew their men would spend the dole in the bar if they did not go with them. So she asks where is the money? He says he lost it and his nose grows. Only to have woodpeckers whittle it down when he confesses.
On a side note. I knew a woman who went from codependent relationship to another. She had a lie detector test to tell if you had been drinking. She would get more than your nose to grow and check the salt content in your semen. Saltier, the more you were drinking.
But on the way to Geppetto, he meets the cat and fox again. They convince him to go with them to the field to bury the coins once more. But Pinocchio ignores his instinct again when he sees the cat missing a paw. Oh well.
Now they walk through Simple Simon Town. A town like an crack alley. Filled with animals who gave everything they owned for an instant fix in this world. Hairless dogs, featherless peacocks, and sheared sheep. The only ones who rode in fine cadillacs was the foxes, crows, and vultures who fed on these people. The pimps, dealers, bosses, bad parents, and politicians. On past the town they go to the Field of Wonders where Pinocchio buries his money.
He returns in the morning to find a parrot laughing at him for believing the cat and fox. So he runs back to the town to report the robbery, but it is himself in turn he is sent to jail. Like Father, like son. Swearing he did nothing wrong for he was only an accomplis to his own down fall. To be Continued……