Monday, April 18, 2011
Edward Scissorhands: My Son-in-Law
"Mummy?" chimed Little Miss A over breakfast.
"Yes, my little poppet?"
"I want to marry Edward".
"Oh, that's nice my darlin'. Is he a boy in your class?"
"No, mummy. I love Edward Scissorhands. I want to marry him".
"Well, my love, you've only just turned 5. Marriage is still a long, long, LONG way away".
With that Little Miss A grabbed a tea towel and draped it over her head like a bridal veil, calling out for her twin sister, Little Miss C, to assist her in rehearsing for her future nuptials.
I had to give it to Little Miss A for her originality. I pondered what life would be like to have Edward in the family. We'd save money on haircuts, obviously. He'd be handy opening the mail, unlocking doors when I've lost the key, chopping the lettuce. He could also prune my hedges (not in a sexual nature). Little Miss A had professed love for the princes in the fairytales and of course, her daddy. But Edward was a surprising first and demonstrated to me more than anything that she had my DNA, the Quirky Gene.
I remembered that when I was about 6 or 7 I wanted to marry Monkey Magic. He was a Monkey god that flew around on a magical pink cloud. Don't know how practical he would have been around the house, but we would've been safe if we were to be attacked by ninjas, and travelling about on a cloud would have been fun.
I'm all for unconventional heroes and fostering childrens imaginations. With my girls I just want to let them BE. I sit back and watch their personalities unfold, and they often surprise me. But in saying that, they chop and change all the time. Currently Little Miss A is consumed by all things Dramatic and Romantic. Little Miss C (her twin) is the Brooding Artist. And my littlest, Katrushki, just wants to make people laugh. Next week they'll be inspired by something else. But I know that today, tomorrow and everyday after that they are the ones that inspire ME.