The king and queen rejoiced at her birth, it was the moment when Heaven kissed Earth.
Once upon a time, on a lovely day in early summer, the King and Queen welcomed their long-awaited child into the world. They named their beautiful daughter Sophia. The day was perfect in all regards, except that with the descent of the sun, as the day transitioned from evening to night, the Queen took her final breath and left the world. The King was overjoyed at the birth of his daughter, but equally distressed about the loss of the Queen.
The King dreamt that very night of his dear departed wife. She told him to give their daughter to the nursemaid to secretly raise as her own. No one was to know the King and Queen’s child survived, because Sophia might not be safe if she remained with the King. Those with ill-intent could try to manipulate her and use her for their own gain, since she was the heir to the throne. He was so moved by the earnestness of the Queen that as soon as he woke up, he summoned the nursemaid, told her of the dream, and she took the child home.
The nursemaid and her husband, the cobbler, were such honest and upstanding people, that when they told the townspeople the child came from the nursemaid’s sister in a distant town who had died suddenly in childbirth, the townspeople had no cause to question it. They were mourning the loss of the Queen and her baby, so they never gave it a second thought. The couple raised Sophia as if she was their own.
She was a beautiful child. The girl was humble and adopted the ways of her poor kindly loving parents. They had a simple life in which she worked hard, like they did, and accepted their beliefs as her own, as most children do. Although, her parents didn’t tell her who she really was, to protect her, she occasionally woke from her dreams with a feeling of having been home, but it wasn’t the one that she knew. Those dreams evoked a sense of belonging elsewhere. She never told her mother or father because she didn’t want to hurt their feelings.
Sophia dreamt of her origins on her fifteenth birthday. When she awoke that lovely summer day, she was perplexed. It was the same old familiar dream of being in a home that wasn’t the one she lived in with the nursemaid and cobbler, but this time, a Queen told Sophia that she was the daughter of the King and Queen. There were servants in the dream that helped Sophia put on beautiful clothes of sumptuous fabrics. She knew that she was their daughter and the dream was true. Upon arising, she went to her mother.
When the nursemaid heard the dream, she told Sophia to sit. With tears streaming down her face, she told Sophia the whole story. She said they kept the secret to protect the princess until she was old enough to understand and act with integrity.
Sophia thanked her mother for her honesty and went for a walk in the woods to take it all in. As she ambled along the path, she realized that many of the things she had come to believe, weren’t true. The nursemaid and cobbler weren’t her true parents. She grew up simply and in relative poverty, never wanting for anything, but always with just enough. Now, she understood that she would not only inherit a throne, a castle and all that goes with it, but the entire Kingdom as well. She would eventually rule over all of it. Her future had changed in an instant. She learned the truth of her origins from the dream and wondered who she was without her old story.
Sophia said to herself, “The parents that raised the me I thought was me, are not my real parents. My true parents are those who awakened me in a dream to the me that I truly am. They are not of the world I am familiar with. Abundance is my birthright, the gifts which I have now realized are an everlasting source of wealth. The Queen in the dream castle, my true mother, told me of my real inheritance.”
Sophia had to choose which story she was going to live. When she looked up, she saw that she had walked to the castle. The nursemaid and King were waiting for her. They cried tears of joy as they welcomed her back to her true home.