After a couple of years of wedded bliss, they decided to start a family. But things didn't happen the way they had planned, hoped, dreamed. The doctors said there were complications. Hope would rise up, only to be snatched away by loss.
So the young couple moved into the land called Waiting. However, they made sure to take with them to their new home, the Book of Hope and Promise, so that in the land of Waiting, they would always remember the Truth. The Wicked One would whisper lies to them and tell them, "Just give up and move to the land of No Hope! Then you won't have to keep living with all of this disappointment." But they would just get out The Book, and read the promises one more time. And then they would wait.
Time went by and the young couple decided to bring home a fuzzy, furry, little gray Beast to live with them. Some people made fun of the Beast and said that she not only looked ugly, but she sounded ugly. Some people said you couldn't tell the Beast's front end, from her back end. (How rude!)
But the young couple loved the Beast and she loved them, and to them she was a cute little Beast. The Beast lived with them year after year in the land of Waiting. She saw the young couple in all of their ups and downs, and tried her best to bring a smile to their faces. She waited, right along with them, day after day, month after month, year after year.
One day, the young couple disappeared for a few days, and left the Beast with a friendly Beast sitter. The little Beast wondered what was up, because for months now things around the house had been changing. Excitement was in the air. Something BIG was definitely about to happen.
from Beauty's Nana,