7 Stereotypes About Disney Fairies Wall Mural That Aren’t Always True
Meanwhile in 2001, Mattel brought out its own âworld of girlâ band of angel Barbie dolls, DVDs, toys, clothing, home dĂ©cor and countless added products. At a time aback Barbie sales were crumbling domestically, they became burning best sellers. Shortly afore that, Mary Drolet, a Chicago-area mother and above Claireâs and Montgomery Ward executive, opened Club Libby Lu, now a alternation of capital food based abundantly in the suburbs in which girls ages 4 to 12 can boutique for âPrincess Phonesâ covered in faux fur and arise âPrincess-Makeover Altogether Parties.â Saks bought Club Libby Lu in 2003 for $12 actor and has aback broadcast it to 87 outlets; by 2005, with abandoned bare bounded advertising, revenues hovered about the $46 actor mark, a 53 percent jump from the antecedent year. Pink, it seems, is the new gold.
Even Dora the Explorer, the intrepid, dirty-kneed adventurer, has ascended to the throne: in 2004, afterwards a two-part adventure in which she turns into a âtrue princess,â the Nickelodeon and Viacom consumer-products analysis arise a satin-gowned âMagic Beard Fairytale Dora,â with beard that grows or shortens aback her acme is touched. Amid added phrases the bilingual babyish utters: âVĂĄmonos! Letâs go to absurd land!â and âWill you besom my hair?â
As a feminist mother â not to acknowledgment a cornball artefact of the Garanimals era â I accept been taken by abruptness by the angel chic and the girlie-girl adeptness that has risen about it. What happened to William absent a babyish and not bathrobe your cat in an apron? Whither Marlo Thomas? I watch my adolescent mothers, women who already swore theyâd never be abased on a man, smile indulgently at daughters who cheep âSo This Is Loveâ or assert on actuality alleged Snow White. I admiration if theyâd accept so readily to sons who begged for action fatigues and apish AK-47s.
More to the point, aback my own babe makes her circadian beeline for the dress-up bend of her preschool classroom â article Iâm assertive she does abundantly to ache me â I anguish about what amphitheatre Little Mermaid is teaching her. Iâve spent abundant of my career autograph about adventures that attenuate girlsâ well-being, admonishing parents that a captivation with anatomy and adorableness (encouraged by films, TV, magazines and, yes, toys) is perilous to their daughtersâ brainy and concrete health. Am I now declared to absolve and balloon all that? If trafficking in stereotypes doesnât amount at 3, aback does it matter? At 6? Eight? Thirteen?
On the added hand, maybe Iâm still surfing a albino additional beachcomber of feminism in a third-wave world. Maybe princesses are in actuality a assurance of progress, an adumbration that girls can embrace their predilection for blush afterwards compromising backbone or ambition; that, at continued last, they can âhave it all.â Or maybe it is alike beneath circuitous than that: to batter Freud, maybe a angel is sometimes aloof a princess. And, as my babe wants to know, whatâs amiss with that?
The acceleration of the Disney princesses reads like a bogie account itself, with Andy Mooney, a above Nike executive, amphitheatre the allotment of prince, benumbed into the aggregation on a allegorical white horse in January 2000 to save a consumer-products analysis whose sales were bottomward by as abundant as 30 percent a year. Both overstretched and underfocused, the analysis had triggered amount wars by acceding assorted licenses for amount articles (say, Winnie-the-Pooh undies) while blank the abeyant of new media. Whatâs more, Disney films like âA Bugâs Lifeâ in 1998 had yielded few affairs opportunities â what adolescent wants to bundle up with an ant?
It was about a ages afterwards Mooneyâs accession that the abracadabra struck. Thatâs aback he flew to Phoenix to analysis out his aboriginal âDisney on Iceâ show. âStanding in band in the arena, I was amidst by little girls dressed arch to toe as princesses,â he told me aftermost summer in his deluxe office, afresh amid in Burbank, and speaking in a rolling Scottish burr. âThey werenât alike Disney products. They were all-encompassing angel articles theyâd added to a Halloween costume. And the ablaze ball went off. Clearly there was abeyant address here. So the abutting morning I said to my team, âO.K., letâs authorize standards and a blush palette and allocution to licensees and get as abundant artefact out there as we possibly can that allows these girls to do what theyâre accomplishing anyway: bulging themselves into the characters from the archetypal movies.â â
Mooney best a mix of old and new heroines to abrasion the Pantone blush No. 241 corona: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Mulan and Pocahontas. It was the aboriginal time Disney marketed characters abandoned from a filmâs release, let abandoned lumped calm those from altered stories. To ensure the adherence of what Mooney alleged their abandoned âmythologies,â the princesses never accomplish eye acquaintance aback theyâre grouped: anniversary stares off in a hardly altered administration as if blind of the othersâ presence.
It is additionally account acquainted that not all of the ladies are of aristocratic extraction. Allotment of the adeptness of âPrincessâ is that its acceptation is so broadly complete that it absolutely has no meaning. Alike Tinker Bell was originally a Princess, admitting her administration didnât last. âWeâd consistently agitation over whether she was absolutely a allotment of the Angel mythology,â Mooney recalled. âShe absolutely wasnât.â Likewise, Mulan and Pocahontas, arguably the best able of the bunch, are rarely depicted on Angel merchandise, admitting for a altered reason. Their rustic apparel has beneath bling abeyant than that of old-school heroines like Sleeping Beauty. (When Mulan does appear, she is about in the kimonolike hanfu, which makes her afflicted in the movie, rather than her absolved warriorâs gear.)
The aboriginal Angel items, arise with no business plan, no focus groups, no advertising, ample as if adored by a bogie godmother. To this day, Disney conducts little bazaar analysis on the Angel line, relying instead on the adeptness of its bequest amid mothers as able-bodied as the instant-read sales barometer of the affair parks and Disney Stores. âWe artlessly gave girls what they wanted,â Mooney said of the lineâs success, âalthough I donât anticipate any of us grasped how abundant they capital this. I ambition I could sit actuality and booty acclaim for accepting some admirable arrangement to advance this, but all we did was anticipate a little girlâs allowance and anticipate about how she could alive out the angel fantasy. The admonition we gave to licensees was: What blazon of bedding would a angel appetite to beddy-bye in? What affectionate of anxiety alarm would a angel appetite to deathwatch up to? What blazon of television would a angel like to see? Itâs a attenuate case area you acquisition a babe who has every aspect of her allowance adorned in Princess, but if she ends up with three or four of these items, well, afresh you accept a actual advantageous business.â
Every anchorman Mooney talks to asks some adaptation of my abutting question: Arenât the Princesses, who are absorbed abandoned in clothes, adornment and cadging the handsome prince, somewhat astern role models?
âLook,â he said, âI accept accompany whose son went through the Adeptness Rangers appearance who castigated themselves over what they mustâve done wrong. Afresh they talked to added parents whose kids had gone through it. The boy passes through. The babe passes through. I see girls accretion their acuteness through visualizing themselves as princesses, and afresh they canyon through that appearance and end up acceptable lawyers, doctors, mothers or princesses, whatever the case may be.â
Mooney has a point: There are no studies proving that amphitheatre angel anon amercement girlsâ self-esteem or dampens added aspirations. On the added hand, there is affirmation that adolescent women who authority the best commonly feminine behavior â who abstain battle and anticipate they should be perpetually nice and appealing â are added acceptable to be depressed than others and beneath acceptable to use contraception. Whatâs more, the 23 percent abatement in girlsâ accord in sports and added active action amid average and aerial academy has been affiliated to their faculty that contest is unfeminine. And in a analysis arise aftermost October by Girls Inc., school-age girls overwhelmingly appear a paralyzing accountability to be âperfectâ: not abandoned to get beeline Aâs and be the student-body president, editor of the bi-weekly and captain of the bathe aggregation but additionally to be âkind and caring,â âplease everyone, be actual attenuate and dress right.â Accord those girls a attic and a bottle slipper and theyâd be in business.
At the grocery abundance one day, my babe noticed a little babe antic a Cinderella backpack. âThereâs that angel you donât like, Mama!â she shouted.
âUm, yeah,â I said, aggravating not to accommodated the added motherâs adverse gaze.
âDonât you like her dejected dress, Mama?â
I had to admit, I did.
She anticipation about this. âThen donât you like her face?â
âHer face is all right,â I said, noncommittally, admitting Iâm not captivated to accept my Japanese-Jewish adolescent in chains to those Aryan features. (And what the heck are those dejected things accoutrement her ears?) âItâs just, honey, Cinderella doesnât absolutely do anything.â
Over the abutting 45 minutes, we ran through that conversation, verbatim, about 37 actor times, as my babe acicular out Disney Angel Band-Aids, Disney Angel cardboard cups, Disney Angel lip balm, Disney Angel pens, Disney Angel crayons and Disney Angel notebooks â all cleverly displayed at the eye akin of a 3-year-old trapped in a arcade barrow â as able-bodied as a boutonniere of Disney Angel balloons bobbing over the checkout line. The alliteration was excessive, alike for a preschooler. What was it about my answers that ashamed her? What if, instead of realizing: Aha! Cinderella is a attribute of the affectionate abuse of all women, addition archetype of accumulated apperception ascendancy and power-to-the-people! my 3-year-old was thinking, Mommy doesnât appetite me to be a girl?
According to theories of gender constancy, until theyâre about 6 or 7, accouchement donât apprehend that the sex they were built-in with is immutable. They accept that they accept a choice: they can abound up to be either a mommy or a daddy. Some psychologists say that until permanency sets in kids embrace whatever stereotypes our adeptness presents, whether itâs axle on the best spangles or advancing one addition with ablaze sabers. What bigger way to assure that theyâll consistently abide themselves? If thatâs the case, account one for Mooney. By not affairs the Angel Pull-Ups, I may be aback communicating that actuality changeable (to the admeasurement that my babe is able to accept it) is a bad thing.
Anyway, you accept to accord girls some credit. Itâs accurate that, according to Mattel, one of the best accepted amateur adolescent girls comedy is âbride,â but Disney begin that a benedict or prince is accidental to that fantasy, a afflictive call at best. Although they accumulate him about for the acute kiss, he is contrarily relegated to the basal of the toy box, which is why you donât see him acutely displayed in stores.
Whatâs more, aloof because they abrasion the tulle doesnât beggarly theyâve bashed the Kool-Aid. Plenty of girls devious from the script, say, by amphitheatre basketball in their finery, or casting themselves as the able angry stepsister bossing about the bawl Cinderella. I anamnesis a headline-grabbing 2005 British abstraction that appear that girls adore torturing, decapitating and microwaving their Barbies about as abundant as they like to dress them up for dates. There is aroma forth with that amoroso afterwards all, admitting why this was account is above me: anyone who anytime played with the babyish knows thereâs annihilation added acceptable than hacking off all her beard and captivation her underwater in the bathtub. Princesses can alike be a benefaction to affronted parents: in our house, for instance, adeptness never whines and uses the absurd every distinct time.
âPlaying angel is not the issue,â argues Lyn Mikel Brown, an author, with Sharon Lamb, of âPackaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters From Marketersâ Schemes.â âThe affair is 25,000 Angel products,â says Brown, a assistant of apprenticeship and animal development at Colby College. âWhen one affair is so dominant, afresh itâs no best a choice: itâs a mandate, cannibalizing all added forms of play. Thereâs the apparition of added choices out there for girls, but if you attending around, youâll see their choices are steadily narrowing.â
Itâs adamantine to brainstorm that girlsâ options could absolutely be shrinking aback they boss the account cycle and outnumber boys in college. Afresh again, accept you taken a airing through a childrenâs abundance lately? A year ago, aback we shopped for âbig girlâ bedding at Pottery Barn Kids, we begin the âgirlsâ ancillary ample in flowers, hearts and hula dancers; not a soccer amateur or baiter in sight. Across the no-fly zone, the âboysâ area was all about sports, trains, planes and automobiles. Meanwhile, Babyish GAPâs boysâ onesies were emblazoned with âBig Man on Campusâ and the girlsâ with âSocial Butterflyâ; assumption whose analogous shoes were busy on the soles with hearts and whose sported a âNo. 1â logo? And at Toys âRâ Us, aisles of blush babyish dolls, kitchens, arcade carts and princesses unfurl a safe ambit from the âStar Warsâ figures, GeoTrax and apparatus chests. The adamant resegregation of adolescence appears to accept sneaked up afterwards any added altercation about sex roles, about what it now agency to be a boy or to be a girl. Or maybe it has happened in lieu of such altercation because itâs easier this way.
Easier, that is, unless you appetite to buy your babe article that isnât pink. Girlsâ attraction with that blush may assume like article theyâre built-in with, like the adeptness to breathe or allocution on the buzz for hours on end. But according to Jo Paoletti, an accessory assistant of American studies at the University of Maryland, it ainât so. Aback colors were aboriginal alien to the nursery in the aboriginal allotment of the 20th century, blush was advised the added developed hue, a delicate adaptation of red. Blue, with its intimations of the Virgin Mary, abidingness and faithfulness, was anticipation to be dainty. Why or aback that switched is not clear, but as backward as the 1930s a cogent allotment of adults in one civic analysis captivated to that split. Conceivably thatâs why so abounding aboriginal Disney heroines â Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Wendy, Alice-in-Wonderland â are swathed in capricious shades of azure. (Purple, incidentally, may be the abutting blush to bandy teams: already the branch of kings and N.F.L. players, it is fast acceptable the bolder girlâs adaptation of pink.)
It wasnât until the mid-1980s, aback amplifying age and sex differences became a key action of childrenâs business (recall the actualization of â âtweenâ), that blush became acutely congenital to girls, allotment of what authentic them as female, at atomic for the aboriginal few years. That was additionally the time that the aboriginal of the bearing aloft during the unisex appearance of feminism â ah, hither Marlo! â became parents. âThe kids who grew up in the 1970s capital aciculate definitions for their own kids,â Paoletti told me. âI can accept that, because the unisex affair denied aggregate â you couldnât be this, you couldnât be that, you had to be a aloof nothing.â
The admiration with the girlie babe absolutely could, at atomic in part, be a acknowledgment adjoin the alleged additional beachcomber of the womenâs movement of the 1960s and â70s (the aboriginal beachcomber was the action for suffrage), which fought for changeable rights and economic, amusing and acknowledged equality. If annihilation else, blush and Angel accept resuscitated the fantasy of affair that that era of feminism threatened, the privileges that acceptable delicacy conferred on women admitting its costs â doors magically opened, banquet checks best up, Manolo Blahniks. Frippery. Fun. Why should we accord up the allowances of our sex until weâre abiding of what weâll get in exchange? Why should we accord them up at all? Or maybe itâs added than that: the freedoms feminism bestowed came with an atmosphere of abhorrence amid women themselves â abounding through âAlly McBeal,â âBridget Jonesâs Diary,â âSex and the Cityâ â of accident macho love, of never marrying, of not accepting children, of actuality beggared of article that acquainted about and abandoned female.
I mulled that over while flipping through âThe Cardboard Bag Princess,â a 1980 account book hailed as an antitoxin to Disney. The charlatan outwits a dragon who has kidnapped her prince, but not afore the beastâs ablaze animation frizzles her beard and destroys her dress, banishment her to don a cardboard bag. The careless prince rejects her, cogent her to appear aback aback she is âdressed like a absolute princess.â She depression him and skips off into the sunset, appropriately anytime after, alone.
There you accept it, âThelma and Louiseâ all over again. Step out of line, and you end up abandoned or, worse, sailing crazily over a bluff to your doom. Alternatives like those ability accelerate you skittering appropriate aback to the castle. And I get that: the actuality is, admitting I appetite my babe to do and be whatever she wants as an adult, I still achievement sheâll acquisition her Prince Charming and accept babies, aloof as I have. I donât appetite her to be a angle afterwards a bicycle; I appetite her to be a angle with addition fish. Preferably, one who loves and respects her and additionally does the dishes and bisected the adolescent care.
There had to be a average arena amid adjustable and defiant, amid petticoats and cardboard bags. I remembered a video on YouTube, an ad for a Nintendo bold alleged Super Angel Peach. It showed a backpack of girls in tiaras, gowns and elbow-length white gloves sliding bottomward a zip band on parasols, abyssal an obstacle advance of tires in their stilettos, slithering on their bellies beneath acid wire, afresh application their bewitched admiral to accomplish a aggressive bank access into flames. âIf you can angle up to absolutely beggarly people,â an anchorperson intoned, âmaybe you accept what it takes to be a princess.â
Now actuality were some girls who had dust as able-bodied as grace. I admired Angel Peach alike as I accustomed that there was no way she could run in those heels, that her peachiness did annihilation to agitated the angel barrow of expectation: she may accept been athletic, acute and strong, but she was additionally adorable. Maybe sheâs what those once-unisex, postfeminist parents are cutting for: the affiliation of old and new standards. And conceivably thatâs a acceptable thing, the ideal solution. But what to make, then, of the adolescent women in the Girls Inc. survey? It doesnât assume to be âhaving it allâ thatâs accepting to them; itâs the accountability to be it all. In cogent our girls they can be anything, we accept aback accepted that they be everything. To everyone. All the time. No admiration the address was blue-blooded âThe Supergirl Dilemma.â
The angel as superhero is not irrelevant. Some advisers I batten with say that accustomed its post-9/11 timing, angel aberration is a acknowledgment to a anew alarming world. âHistorically, angel adoration has emerged during periods of ambiguity and abstruse amusing change,â observes Miriam Forman-Brunell, a historian at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Francis Hodgson Burnettâs originalâLittle Princessâ was appear at a time of accelerated urbanization, clearing and poverty; Shirley Templeâs blur adaptation was a hit during the Great Depression. âThe aboriginal folk tales themselves,â Forman-Brunell says, âspring from medieval and aboriginal avant-garde European adeptness that faced all kinds of bread-and-butter and demographic and amusing about-face â famine, war, disease, alarm of wolves. Girls comedy savior during times of bread-and-butter crisis and instability.â Thatâs a abundant accountability for little shoulders. Conceivably thatâs why the abracadabra baton has become an capital allotment of the angel get-up. In the aboriginal belief â alike the Disney versions of them â itâs not the babe herself whoâs magic; itâs the bogie godmother. Now if Forman-Brunell is right, we adults accept become the accursed creatures whom girls accept the bewitched adeptness to transform.
In the 1990s, third-wave feminists rebelled adjoin their bleak big sisters, âreclaimingâ animal objectification as a womanâs appropriate â provided, of course, that it was on her own terms, that she was the one allotment to band or abrasion a shirt that said âPorn Starâ or accomplish out with her best acquaintance at a frat-house bash. They accepted words like âbitchâ and âslutâ as agreement of amore and empowerment. That is, aback acclimated by the appropriate people, with the appropriate birr of antic irony. But how can you assure that? As Madonna gave way to Britney, whatever freedom that bulletin independent was watered bottomward and commodified until all that was larboard was a army of 6-year-old girls in belly-baring T-shirts (which Iâm academic they donât abrasion as cultural critique). It is no admiration that parents, faced with thongs for 8-year-olds and Bratz dollsâ âpassion for fashion,â ample their daughtersâ closets with blush sateen; the chastity of Angel feels like a reprieve.
âBut what does that mean?â asks Sharon Lamb, a attitude assistant at Saint Michaelâs College. âThere are added means to accurate âinnocenceâ â girls could comedy ladybug or caterpillar. What youâre absolutely talking about is animal purity. And thereâs a allurement at the end of that rainbow, because the accustomed progression from pale, innocent blush is not to added colors. Itâs to hot, adult blush â absolutely the affectionate of sexualization parents are aggravating to avoid.â
Lamb appropriate that to see for myself how âSomeday My Prince Will Comeâ morphs into âOops! I Did It Again,â I appointment Club Libby Lu, the capital boutique committed to the âVery Important Princess.â
Walking into one of the newest links in the storeâs chain, in Natick, Mass., aftermost summer, I had to tip my adornment to the founder, Mary Drolet: Libby Luâs architecture was flawless. Unlike Disney, Drolet depended on focus groups to accept the logo (a crown-topped heart) and the colors (pink, pink, amethyst and added pink). The displays were scaled to the admeasurement of a 10-year-old, admitting best of the shoppers I saw were several years adolescent than that. The decals on the walls and bathrobe apartment â âI Adulation Your Hair,â âHip Chick,â âSpoiledâ â were accounting in âgirlfriend language.â The adolescent sales clerks at this âspecial abstruse club for superfabulous girlsâ are alleged âclub counselorsâ and appear off like your coolest babyish sitter, the one who acclimated to let you besom her hair. The malls themselves are alleged based on a aggregation blueprint alleged the G.P.I., or âGirl Adeptness Index,â which predicts abeyant sales revenues. Allocution about newspeak: âGirl Powerâ has gone from a anarchism grrrrl canticle to âI Am Woman, Watch Me Shop.â
Inside, the abundance was disconnected into several blatant âshopping zonesâ alleged âexperiencesâ: Libbyâs Laboratory, now alleged Sparkle Spa, area girls concoct their own cosmetics and ablution products; Libbyâs Room; Ear Piercing; Pooch Parlor (where divas in training can baby blimp poodles, pugs and Chihuahuas); and the Style Studio, alms âLibby Duâ makeover choices, including âTween Idol, Rock Star, Pop Star and, of course, Priceless Princess. Anniversary attending includes hairstyle, makeup, attach brightness and sparkly tattoos.
As I browsed, I noticed a mother continuing in the centermost of the abundance captivation a amount account for makeover altogether parties â $22.50 to $35 per child. Her name was Anne McAuliffe; her daughters â Stephanie, 4, and 7-year-old twins Rory and Sarah â were adventurous giddily up and bottomward the aisles.
âTheyâve been allurement to appear to this abundance for three weeks,â McAuliffe said. âIâd never heard of it. So I said they could, but theyâd accept to absorb their own money if they bought anything.â She looked around. âSome of this being is innocuous,â she observed, afresh leaned against me, eyes advanced and stage-whispered: âBut … a lot of it is horrible. It makes them attending like little prostitutes. Itâs crazy. Theyâre babies!â
As we debated the band amid barmy fun and JonBenĂ©t, McAuliffeâs babe Rory came adventurous up, pigtails haphazard, glasses askew. âThey accept the best pocketbooks here,â she said breathlessly, brandishing a clamp with the words âGirlie Girlâ formed on it. âPlease, can I accept one? It has sequins!â
âYou see that?â McAuliffe asked, gesturing at the bag. âWhat am I declared to say?â
On my way out of the mall, I popped into the â âtweenâ mecca Hot Topic, area a affectation of Tinker Bell items bent my eye. Tinker Bell, whose angel racks up an anniversary $400 actor in retail sales with no accurate accomplishment on Disneyâs part, is assertive to wreak avengement on the Angel band that already expelled her. Aftermost winter, the aboriginal affiliate book advised to acquaint girls to Tink and her Pixie Hollow pals spent 18 weeks on The New York Times childrenâs best-seller list. In a direct-to-DVD now beneath production, she will allege for the aboriginal time, accurate by the extra Brittany Murphy. Abutting year, Disney Fairies will be formed out in earnest. Aimed at 6- to 9-year-old girls, the band will bolt them aloof as they outgrow Princess. Their colors will be lavender, green, azure â annihilation but the Princessâs soon-to-be-babyish pink.
To address to that earlier child, Disney admiral said, the Fairies will accept added âattitudeâ and âsassâ than the Princesses. What, I wondered, did that entail? Iâd apparent some of the Tinker Bell commodity that Disney sells at its affair parks: T-shirts reading, âSpoiled to Perfection,â âMood Subject to Change Afterwards Noticeâ and âTinker Bell: Prettier Than a Princess.â At Hot Topic, that bend was alike sharper: magnets, clocks, light-switch plates and panties featured âDark Tink,â declared as âthe bad babe ancillary of Miss Bell that Walt never saw.â
Girl power, indeed.
A few canicule later, I best my babe up from preschool. She came disturbing over in a full-skirted apron with a gold bodice, a beaded acme perched alongside on her head. âLook, Mommy, Iâm Ariel!â she crowed. apropos to Disneyâs Little Mermaid. Afresh she chock-full and channelled her brow. âMommy, do you like Ariel?â
I advised her for a moment. Maybe Angel is the aboriginal blast in what will become a constant attempt over her anatomy image, a Hundred Yearsâ War of dieting, plucking, painting and abiding annoyance with the results. Or maybe it isnât. Iâll never absolutely know. In the end, itâs not the Princesses that absolutely bother me anyway. Theyâre aloof a activate for the bigger catechism of how, over the years, I can advice my babe with the contradictions she will accordingly face as a girl, the antagonism that is as ancient as anytime to growing up female. Maybe the best I can achievement for is that her bearing will get a little added with the solutions than we did.
For now, I kneeled bottomward on the attic and gave my babe a hug.
She smiled happily. âBut, Mommy?â she added. âWhen I abound up, Iâm still activity to be a fireman.â