Do you remember the old Saturday morning cartoons routine from childhood? I couldn’t wait for each Saturday morning to arrive so I could watch another episode of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?
This morning, as I consumed my usual large dose of coffee, my daughter watched her favorite My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It was mid-episode when I recognized a sense of… déjà vu?
I’m eleven years older than my baby sister so I’ve always approached our relationship as though I’m an adult and she’s a child. She’s 31. Still, I refer to her as my baby sister. Maybe it’s because some of my fondest memories of us are those from her childhood. Like watching My Little Pony together. Déjà vu.
Some twenty-five years later, I find myself again adoring those ponies. Sweet moments now shared with my 3 year-old daughter.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a new and improved version of the old. No more 80’s mane. And you just have to see The Hub’s ad where Pinkie Pie parodies Katy Perry’s California Gurls. It’s awesome. In fact, the lyrics roll through my head as I write this (♪ Equestria girls, we’re kinda magical… Boots on hooves… Furry coats, so cute…).
From a serious parenting point of view, the show does provide lessons in friendship and demonstrates confidence, self-expression and besting adversity. It’s becoming yet another full-on cultural phenomenon. The popularity has soared in just the first season. Even former President Bill Clinton recognizes the names Rarity, Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle.
Yes, of course controversy exists via feminists and other incoherent critics but I’m not going there. I’m simply going to enjoy. I choose to revel in the sweetness of these moments spent with a very special little girl. Past and present.
What was your favorite as a child? Do you watch with your children and enjoy their favorites?