Welcome back, we're almost done with our alphabet. Yesterday we reminded ourselves that The early Bird catches the Worm.
I know you've been looking forward to the letter X. We all have, it's probably the most challenging - allowing us to get creative.
My X is for
You have to kiss many Xenopus to find a Prince
Never heard of Xenopus? (Me neigher)
They're African clawed frogs, there you go, learn something new every day. I sure did!
|Source: Rochester University|
Enough of the science as in biology. On to psychology:
The average woman will kiss 22 frogs before finding their prince, it has emerged. Researchers who carried out a detailed study, found the journey to find true love is anything but a smooth one for the majority of the population.
I wonder what the researchers found out about the guys? Maybe they're still counting...
Finding - and keeping - your perfeft mate is hard. And in the term "perfect" probably lies the first problem:
Our expectations are too high.
He should be tall, dark and handsome. Rich, smart and confident, too. He should make us laugh and hold our hand when we're sad, The list goes on.
Sometimes we forget to take a hard look at ourselves. Do we meet all the criteria guys look for in a girl?
Next: even if we met a fabulous guy in our 20s, how can we know if we will still be compatible and share similar values when it's time to settle down? If he is the active type who likes to go out, spend time at the gym and with his friends, suddenly our biological clock is ticking and he is supposed to turn into a caring homebody? Cooking meals, cleaning up and looking after the kids?
See where this is going?
If he's as smart as we asked for he will know that happy wife equals happy life. He'll do his best to be a supportive husband and great dad, and actually sitting on that couch ain't bad at all. With his career getting more intense, he may actually truly enjoy staying in.
However, once the kids are older, us ladies finally rediscover a little piece of freedom. We want to go out and have fun. Guess what, now we're complaining that the husband won't get out of his sweat pants!
Where does that leave us in terms of finding Prince Charming?
I had a thought.
"Forever" and "till death do us part" is too long of a committment anyway. Maybe we should think in terms of office. You know, every four years, we have to campaign and get re-elected. Or not. Move on, no hard feelings. With kids in the picture that pre-election promise better hold up!
Prince Frog Kermit you see on top of this post, was part of a photo challenge I participated in. It was also an A - Z theme. Melanie, one of my fabulous fellow participants, created the cutest scenes placing Kermit eating ice cream or relaxig in the bathtub.
I found another prince frog - he is sitting in a pond that belongs to a lakeside hotel not far from where I live. Seerose is German for Water Lily.
It is popular for wedding parties and business conventions alike. Who doesn't like to kick back and relax in such nice scenery?
A few summers ago several people believed to have spotted a cayman in this relatively small and shallow lake. One of the observers witnessed the animal devouring a duck!
There was a big discussion about people keeping exotic animals at home and later exposing them to public waters. During the summer slump it also provided excellent fodder for the media. Surrounding restaurants tried to profit from the attention. They didn't skip a beat and put "Croc Burger" on their menus. It was quite fun.
Eventually the answer turned out to possibly be a wels catfish. A fisherman had caught one that had eaten a grebe.
We never spotted anything else than peaceful swans and ducks in that like, and while we didn't get married there, we like to visit to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries.