It’s a Mag, Mag WorldApril 14, 2010 at 5:19 am | Posted in Lollipop | 20 Comments
Lollipop has discovered one of life’s biggest little joys. The magazine.
She has loved books ever since she first worked the corner of Touch and Feel Farm into her gummy, drooly infant mouth. But magazines? They have staples. They come with obnoxious reply cards “hidden mail” stashed between pages. They magically arrive on our doorstep. With her very own name!
High Five, Hands Down
High Five is her favorite. There’s the cartoon about that wacky canine-and-feline duo Spot and Splinter. The English-Spanish story in which we encounter exotic, fun-to-say words like sí and listos and mañana. And the requisite kids-can-cook-too recipes like tuna-and-rice balls, cinnamon French toast, and bunny-shaped pear salad. These are the articles she asks for over and over, dog-ears, acts out in her room.
But. Her tastes are more eclectic. Family Handyman. Especially the articles and pictures about drills. Costco Connection. Where else can you see almonds, detergent, and greenhouses … in one issue? The Atlantic. All those words! It’s a Super Why addict’s dream come true. And I’m just waiting for the next Crate and Barrel catalog to come in the mail. Talk about a high-gloss tea party.
Her enthusiasm makes me long for the days when Goofus and Gallant taught me about sharing, caring, and making my bed. When I would dig up an overlooked “Make and Do” feature and some rubber cement on a rainy day.
Now, Avon Will Never Call
Heck, her enthusiasm makes me pine for those not-so-long-ago days when my “mommy magazines” came in the mail. For a while, I had a parenting magazine triumvirate going. Cookie. Wonder Time. Family Fun. In Cookie, I got my monthly dose of celebrity with a cover story on a famous mom, along with “easy, fast, essential” fashion and make-up tips I told myself I might actually try. One day. In Wonder Time, I got articles about Mo Willems and what to do when lice strikes and pet worms. In Family Fun, I got ideas about how to turn toilet paper rolls into race cars and 20 things to do with green food coloring.
Alas, hard times have come to everyone, including the publishing world. Cookie: canceled. In its place: Allure. Packed with complicated beauty regimens I know I’ll never use. Wonder Time: canceled. In its place: Family Fun. And that’s, well, redundant. I mean, 20 things to do with green food coloring is still 20 things to do with green food coloring.
My Subscription Prescription
And while I’m starting to come around to The Atlantic, especially after they did that article on Britney, let’s be realistic. It’s a bit challenging to digest 7,000 words on why Obama’s right about the economy when Giggles is running into flashlights, Lollipop is mashing “squish” into the tile, and I’m trying to sneak some chocolate fold the laundry.
Maybe it’s time to cancel a few subscriptions and break out the skillet. Because I know a little girl who’s got a mean French toast recipe.
And if all else fails, I know 20 things we can turn green. Twice.
What subscriptions does your family enjoy? What are your must-have parenting mags? Do you remember Goofus and Gallant?