Friday, January 30, 2009

Some things are constant...

One thing that doesn't seem to change is the pleasure children take in playing dress up. When my kids were little, the dress up box was in contant flux as they planned games and plays and various scenarios which required special clothing or disguises. The box contained a collection of discarded scarves, nightgowns, tutus, cowboy hats, wigs, swords, shields, belts, jewelry and various pieces of discarded Halloween costumes.

And now my granddaughter Georgia has begun dressing herself to play the imaginary games she stages. The clothing she selected in this photo, taken at Christmas, reflects her idea of the perfectly attired magic princess.

She turns four in a couple of weeks and her birthday list includes requests for more dress up clothes. I've ordered a set of  fairy wings, with a fairy wand and headpiece.  She's getting a feather boa and finished pieces of sparkly fabric to wrap around herself as she wishes. And if time permits,  I'm going to sew a silk cape to go with a queen's crown.

I think it's a bit bewildering to her parents, both well versed in feminist theory, to have a little girl so fascinated with princesses and queens.  You know, it's not really a family value...

4 comments:

Sherry said...

Georgia is precious!

laura said...

I hope a love of sparkly things is not inconsistent with a feminist mindset, or I'm in trouble. I have had to give up my feather boa, but cannot resist every year wrapping myself in the gold tinsel garland for my Christmas tree.
Georgia is adorable, what a sweetheart!

A Brush with Color said...

Awwwwww--classic! She looks adorable. She also looks like she's having a blast. Sounds like she's inherited your creativity.

I remember those days--we always loved dressing up and playing what my mom said we called "Make-a-believe." (I guess we didn't know the word "pretend" yet!)

Robyn said...

It's a gem of a photo, Sharon - magic.

Glad to see you've got your mother into a normal room. I'm sure she likes the flowers much more than she's going to let on. Lovely to see you painting them.