We love Little House on the Prairie in this here house. My daughter spends lots of time imagining life as a pioneer and I do the best I can to help her out; you know, milking the cows (feeding the dog) and doin the chores ‘n such. She especially likes to dress up in a long prairie dress (oversized skirt) and she wonders why stores round here don’t sell those stylish little bonnets that grace the heads of her favorite female heroines.
She wants me to dress up with her, and feels that I should wear my hair in a “bun” like caroline and an apron over my Seven’s ( um, can you stand the visual?).
At the beginning of the school year she wanted a tin pail for carrying her lunch to school (from the house to the bus and the bus to the school) and we searched long and hard for a red gingham dishcloth to cover her “fixins” with. I drew the line when she wanted me to call her half-pint. Her nick name is shaky doodle and I was real sad she wanted to replace it with a name like half pint. She’s also taken to calling me “Ma” much to my irritation and pretends her brother is the blind Mary (????!). Brad and Manon are truly the only one’s who really look the part.
“Charles Ingalls and Brad Rodgers Aka: “Pa”
Laura Ingalls and Manon: Aka Half Pint
Anywhoo, I thought the “phase” would wear itself out but she alternates persona’s quicker than I can shake a stick. With no advanced notice she sets her face into an expression that’s sposed to mean she is Laura Ingalls, and says things to me like “yes ma’am” when I ask her to do something, and as part of her play acting asks me if she can do her chores before “setting” down to do her homework (she does not get homework in her school). I have to remind her that half-pint did not ask for an allowance, nor did she bargain with her parents for pillow-pets.
The other day I left them for a “spell” while I showered and dressed. When I came back downstairs they had been in my make-up and when I saw Manon’s face covered in blush, lipstick, powder and what I think was mascara on her lashes and asked for an explanation here is what she said:
“We were playing Little House and I was being the mean ol’ Nellie and Mary was doing my stage make-up”.
Correction: Blind Mary