Star Wars … Toddler-StyleJanuary 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Giggles, Lollipop | 4 Comments
Move over, Cinderella. There’s a new princess in town. She’s not demure. She sure as heck isn’t going to dance at a stupid ball. And she’ll fight those storm troopers if she wants to.
Yep, Leia’s arrived on the scene. Hair buns and all.
In a Galaxy Not So Far Away
Recently, my husband’s around-the-house wear has involved his Star Wars T-shirt collection. (Probably, I don’t need to preface this by admitting we’re a sci-fi loving family. Probably, you figured it out.) As her newest bedtime-stalling tactic, Lollipop asks Daddy about all the strange-looking creatures on his shirt.
There’s Yoda, of course. Interesting because he’s green. And because he sort of looks like a rabbit. There’s Darth Vader. The mask is scary. Let’s move on. There’s C-3PO and R2-D2. One is shiny, the other lights up. This passes the toddler-cool test. There’s even Boba Fett. (Oh, yes, even this bit player is discussion-worthy. In my defense, I did have to Google him to make sure I had the spelling correct.)
The Force is Strong in This One …
We had kept Star Wars discussions solely to Daddy’s shirts until one infamous evening. Lollipop didn’t want to get on with the teeth-brushing. So she asked about Yoda. Again. And Daddy slipped. He mentioned the movies. Lollipop’s eyes lit up. Star Wars movies? Holy Chewbacca, a whole new way to stall the bedtime routine!
Enter Ewoks. We really don’t want her to see the movies. She’s too young. They’re too scary. But, Ewoks, they’re cute. Like teddy bears. Maybe just a scene or two.
Lollipops and Cannibalism
So, every night after dinner this week, Lollipop has settled in on the couch with her dessert of choice — a lollipop (what else??) — to watch the Ewoks. The cute little teddy bears tie up Luke and Han Solo. Carry them through the forest against their will. Try to roast them alive. So darn cute.
Luckily, Lollipop doesn’t really get that part. Instead, these are her observations: (1) C-3PO’s chair (for the uninitiated, this is the throne the Ewoks give him) must have a magic carpet on it. It flies, after all. (2) Leia is a neat princess. Her white dress isn’t dirty at all. (3) And — my favorite — the Ewoks speak the same language as Giggles.
You Can’t Wear Glass Slippers Here
I’ll be honest. I like Lollipop’s current Star Wars obsession. I like that the characters have to use their smarts to get out of jams. No fairy godmothers (OK, unless you count Obi-Wan). I like that Leia is a different kind of princess. A strong, smart, independent one. Who, good heavens, wears pants sometimes.
And, I like that it means I don’t have to read “Cinderella and the prince lived happily ever after in the castle.” For the 986th time. I’m enjoying the obsession so much, I might even start wearing my own Star Wars shirt. If my husband will share.