My daughter, prompted by the lovely people in Disney’s marketing department, has become interested in brides. The Disney Princess Polly Pocket bride and groom 3-pack, a bridal veil I picked up for her at a thrift store a few months ago, and playing bride with her other toys. We were playing, as usual, with Mario characters, and the twin Princess Peaches decided to get married. (No, not to each other.) For my Peach’s groom, I chose Mario. My daughter chose the less obvious Toad. I guess she’s into a man who is the right height for frequent motor-boating, although surely that gigantic hat would get in the way.
So I asked her, “How do two people get married?”
Her answer: “They dance.”
“That’s it? They dance and then they’re married?”
Thanks Disney. Yeah, when I think about it, that’s pretty much how it works. They wear wedding clothes and dance, and poof, they’re married. And then the movie ends. Watching them actually be married with how little they knew about each other… watching them try to work it out as their beauty fades and they pop out a couple of kids… that would be a very different movie. But I’m not here to rag on Disney.
I asked next, “After they’re married, what do married people do together?”
“And kiss, kiss, kiss.”
So far, very sweet. But she goes on.
“Sometimes one gets on the other one’s head.” Um, what?!
She then demonstrates this by showing Mario lying down on the ground and Peach standing on his head. My brain pretty much interprets this as a Mario moustache ride. I have no idea what my daughter intends, but it’s too late. There’s no going back once you picture the Mario moustache ride.
“What else?” I say, NOT giggling.
“The get up on the table together.” And do what? I will not ask.
“They watch a show together, and that’s it.”
Now you’re talking, kid. Hug, kiss, moustache ride, get up on the table, and then watch a show. Awesome.
Next kid. Now that I know how fun this is, I am curious what my son will say.
“What do married people do together?”
His response: “I don’t know. Do you know?”
“Then just say it.”
“I want to know what you think.”
“They go round and round, holding hands like ring around the rosy.” Hmm, Disney again? Or cartoons? A sweet image.
“They do stuff.” Do stuff? I swear there was a naughty twinkle in his eye when he said this. It’s like he knows there’s something there that he doesn’t totally understand. He’s very innocent, of course, but just like me at his age, I think he knows there’s something more, and he’s intrigued. I may be projecting, but I don’t think so. I’m gonna have to watch that one.
“What kind of stuff.”
“Like, check their computers.”
Ah, reality. You are not a Disney movie.