Earlier this evening, I was at the local Hallmark store picking up a Father’s Day card. Also in the store were a tattoo-covered 20-something man and his 4-something daughter. They were standing by a shelf full of glasses with logos (Carolina Panthers, Iron Man, etc.) As I walked past them, I heard this conversation:
Girl (holding a Wonder Woman glass): Who’s that?
Father: Wonder Woman.
Girl: Who’s she?
Father: She’s like Superman, but she’s a girl.
My first thought was, “Ummm, no, you’re thinking of Supergirl.” But I remained silent. To a 4-year old, Wonder Woman is approximately Supergirl. The difference is round-off error.
A little while later, I walked past the same father and daughter. This time, the girl was holding two small plush dolls* in her hands, one of Ariel and one of Cinderella. (Disclaimer: Picture below is for comparison purposes only. Your dolls may vary.)
The conversation went like this:
Girl: Which one should I get?
Father: Whichever one you want.
Girl: Just pick one!
Girl (putting down the Cinderella doll): OK, but if you change your mind, we’re not coming back!
This is why I love children.
(Disclaimer: To a 4-year old girl, whatever subtle differences exist between Ariel and Cinderella are of the utmost importance. As a 52-year old man, to me it’s round-off error.)
* From the Belle Collaboration collection of Hot and Bright Disney Heroines.