One of my favorite phrases is “Once upon a time”. It’s probably the most ideal phrase to begin any statement in which you need my undivided attention. Those words are what propelled me to be the person I am today.
The first time I heard those words, “once upon a time”, was not from a Disney film. I was maybe three or four, and my grandfather would re-enact the tales of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel at bedtime. Poppi had a terrific voice for the Big Bad Wolf.
With all the stories of evil predatory creatures of the woods that wanted to devour small children, one would assume that I grew up with an unhealthy fear of the forests. Instead, I saw the fantastical interaction between fairy tale characters to be intriguing. Continue reading Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature