I have often observed how our society spends so much time and energy getting little girls to focus on princess-ism. When I had a little girl, almost five years ago I was (then) sure my child would not participate in such commercialized activities and play with other toys.
I was wrong. It is very difficult to avoid princess mania and so we watch movies, we have princess parties (where a real princess attended) and we color in princess books.
Where I draw the line, however, is princess attire. We only wear it in pajama form….no bathing suits, t-shirts, dresses, or shoes with princesses on them.
I have sometimes put up with it, sometimes nurtured it, and sometimes diverted away from it.
Then we went to Disney World before we left for Brazil. I got it.
I got it the moment we walked into the park and saw princesses twirling about on stage and my daughter simply could not take her eyes off of them.
I got it when we experienced the big reveal moment in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Not only was my daughter enthralled with princesses, in that moment, she had the satisfaction and confidence of one.
Now what we worry about, as we have (clearly) embraced the princess-isms, is making sure she understands what love is and how it works.
Love is, afterall, more complicated than meeting a handsome man one time and then him asking you to marry him.
Living happily ever after is, afterall, something that requires a bit of work, compromise and trust.
And, love is, afterall, something that is to be valued and cherished.
We were totally late for school this morning due to watching the royal wedding. It was wonderful to see my daughter’s interest in the procession. When they went into the rather large church, she asked me “So, if you’re a princess, do you get married in a church?”
I realized the one wedding she has been to was my husband’s brother’s wedding, which was outdoors and my own wedding to her dad was also outdoors…..
I guess I have another thing to put onto the list of things to talk to her about….weddings, church, God….they all do go together.
This is a super late submission to the Weekly State Department Round Up for April 29, hosted by Verdant Voyages, which has many other tales about the royalness of people in the Foreign Service!