Thursday, March 13, 2008

happiest place on earth

On our way to school this morning:

M: (chanting) happily ever after, happily ever after, happily ever after.....
Me: Hey baby, it's important to remember that we might not always be happy and that's okay too.
M: I didn't say HAPPY, mama. I said HAPPILY. It's different!
Me: How is it different?
M: Happily means MARRIED!
Me: Ah. So what does married mean?
M: I don't know. But I think it means there's a prince. And a castle.

And with that, she's officially joined the ranks of millions of deluded young women everywhere. Thank you (oh, and fuck you for setting unreasonable expectations), Disney.

35 comments:

Sober Briquette said...

oh, barf, I know.

but then, suddenly, my daughter and her friends were including her little brother when they played because princes are cool.

and I'm okay with that.

Karen said...

next time you should ask her what MARRIED means. just to see, ya know?

Angela said...

Or divorced. Maybe you should ask her what that means. I kid. But sometimes, I'm tempted to do this to my own Disney loving kids.

meno said...

She'll get over it. They almost all do.

Aliki2006 said...

Oh, the delusion. I just never know whether to hate Disney, or be enchanted by it all. Sigh.

kristen said...

somehow i feel a little responsible...and i promise, she'll out grow it.

Deezee said...

oh jeez...thank god I have a son. He suffers no such delusions, (though perhaps Disney will target the boys next)

Beck said...

My castle is pretty filthy right now, dammit. WHERE ARE MY CLEANING MICE?

Andrea said...

I have the cleaning mice held hostage until they start doing a decent job on my place. But they say I can't be a princess anymore because I've already been married. So unfair.

How do they pick this stuff up? Is it just floating around in the air?

Chicky Chicky Baby said...

I hear there are mice too. Ones that clean your clothes. Magical ones.

Yeah,

heather said...

Are there any empowering Disney princess movies that don't rely on a prince? I'm seriously asking...are there?

flutter said...

I am hanging my formerly was Snow White at the magical kingdom head in shame.

Mad said...

...and she likely thinks babies are either brought by the stork OR come out of your bum and that all animals can see catchy show tunes in harmony WHILE dancing with dishes.

Magpie said...

mine is so desperate for princess crap that she's dubbed her three groovy girls "princesses". i want to scream "but they're not!" but i keep my mouth shut, 'cause a girl's gotta dream i guess.

mamatulip said...

Julia says to me tonight, "Mummy, I really, really love Barbies."

Yeah. I get this post.

Pgoodness said...

That was like a PSA gone wrong...

Mom telling daughter: Honey, it's ok if you're not always happy....
Daughter looking at mother blankly while chipper music builds in the background....

This PSA brought to you by Disney Princesses, where we believe everyone should marry a prince and live happily ever after

Close with little bluebirds flitting happily in the sky above a castle....

I'd say I'm happy to have boys (well, I am) but knowing that they are supposed to play the part of the rescuing prince? Just as bad without the merchandising. At least we get cars that talk... :-)

The Expatriate Chef said...

My Kiddo has this Disney princess ball (from an Easter egg hunt given by friends). She points to each one and asks me who they are. Tonight she points out Sleeping Beauty and I say, "Sleeping Beauty."

"Sleeping Booty?"

"Yeah, something like that."

Denguy said...

Yeah, I hate Disney and Disney's ass face.

deb said...

Oy vey! They get em young.

Defiantmuse said...

duuuude.

Thaaat's why Disney is not allowed in the house!!

(I know, I know. My daughter is still young enough that I'm delusional enough to think I have control over such things...)

Jenn said...

In a tribue to Disney princesses everywhere, Little A puts on her "pretty" nightgowns each evening and transforms herself into a princess.

Her princess moniker?

Princess Fart.

"I Princess Fart! I Princess Fart!" She dances happily while mommy hopes somewhere, somehow the Disney gals can see this and are gagging on apple cores.

Annie said...

Somehow I think she'll turn out just fine - with reasonable expectations in all the important areas.

Thank you for your comment on my blog yesterday - it helped.

radical mama said...

Well, they do tend to outgrow it, if it makes you feel any better. We are reading the Princess Cimerene series right now. She's the awesomest anti-princess. Highly recommend.

metro mama said...

Oh, dear. Is it inescapable?

Jennifer said...

A prince and a castle. Yep. It's definitely the way life works. (Except also -- *ahem* -- the mother dies.)

Family Adventure said...

And right this moment, having boys only doesn't seem bad at all :)

Heidi

Gwen said...

Oh hey now, Happily Ever After isn't such a bad place to be when you're three years old. It doesn't take long to realize it doesn't exist.

cce said...

LOL, too funny. I mean seriously, no wonder we're a nation of Prozac takers. We're just suffering delusions of grandeur at the hands of Disney. It's a bitter pill.

Janet said...

Hey! Flutter was Snow White!

She'll likely outgrow the fantasy.

You should have seen my son's face when we had the sex talk recently. I wish I had a camera to capture the 'oh my god my parents are doing it' look that creeped over his face. Innocence shattered.

crazymumma said...

duuuhude. darling. I'm laughing here. Because they grow out of it.
I promise. You will be able to teach her so much more than what she picks up from a movie or two.

'Sides, when she is ten, she will be teaching you more about the world than you knew at that age. Have faith in showing her all the sides, all the opinions and letting her muddle thru the shit.

She does have kick ass parents after all.

Eileen said...

That is why I loved when my girls use to love that song by the Cheetah Girls, "I don't wanna be like Cinderalla, sitting in a damp cold dark dusty cellar,.......I want to rescue myself."
Or another song they sang, "never underestimate the power of a girl." Loved it.

Ron Davison said...

Too funny.

Alpha DogMa said...

I hate Disney and their princesses. Almost as much as I hate Bratz dolls.

nomotherearth said...

Thanks to Disney, I know the names of far too many cars...

crazymumma said...

but I came back because a movie the girls were watching tonight came back and bit me in the ass.

Its an opportunity Dude, an opportunity to talk about the notions of marraige and togetherdom and families. and and and. you know what I mean.

ps. love your new picture when you leave a post.....