Poisoned Apples and Cross-Stitched Pillows

During Snow White’s story, her [Apple’s] mother had somehow survived sharing a castle with the Greatest Evil the World Has Ever Known and come out of it not only okay but Happily Ever After. What advice would her mother give?

Apple knew because Snow White had cross-stitched the words on a pillow and propped it up in the informal receiving room: When Life Is All Dark Woods And Poisoned Apples, Remember You Have Friends.

Cross stitching pillow

Snow White had stitched messages on other pillows, too, such as: Squirrels Will Never Let You Down, Unless They’re Hibernating; There Are Always Birds; Nature Loves A Broom; Love Is Knowing A Rabbit Needs You; Hugs Are How It’s Done; Double Hugs Are For The Grumpy; Trees And Dogs Are Happy, So Start Barking; and others. Honestly, it was hard to find a sofa in the enormous White Castle that didn’t sport a cross-stitched pillow.

Shannon Hale, The Unfairest of Them All

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