Thursday, November 20, 2008
Disney Princess Boots
Today my parenting moxie was tested. Not by something major and earth shattering mind you, but by a pair of Disney Princess Boots.
As I dropped my girl off at pre-school I told her I was going to buy her some boots. At that very moment she was walking by another girl and looked down and saw what I thought were an ugly pair of Disney Princess Boots. She looked up at me with the sweetest little voice and said:
"Mommy, can I PLEASE have boots like those?"
I was non-commital, mentioning that I didn't know where her mommy got them.
Apparently her mommy got them at Marshall's because they were RIGHT next to a pair of HIGH QUALITY black and purple boots that I wanted to get her.
I'm not much of a Disney Mommy. She's never seen the movies, I didn't plan to be a character buying parent (anyone who saw the red Elmo cake I made for her 2nd B-Day can laugh right now if they want.) and I don't like the idea of marketing to children. And I also think most character clothing looks cheap.
These princesses have come into our life through means completely not of our own making-through books she's been given and other girls at school with princess stuff.
Ok, it's not like I think the Disney Princesses are evil or anything extreme like that. It's just that I find the older Disney princesses vapid and longing only for husbands. It actually says in the book that the dwarves asked Snow White to stay because she COULD COOK. (one hopes that at least when she was wisked off by prince charming (who was actually a COMPLETE STRANGER), that she would at least have some domestic help to help her get over picking up after 8 sloppy men for god knows how long!) At least Belle in Beauty and The Beast likes book and gets to KNOW the Beast and loves him when he is a beast!
To my chagrin these princesses are enchanting my little girl.
What to do? I walked around that darn store with the purple boots for 30 min. I called Deanna over this moral crisis. Would I buy the nice sensible high quality boots or would I cave and get the princess boots. I would never choose something like those boots for her and yet, she, herself would be so pleased with them. I never say yes to stuff like this. Am I letting an ideal I don't support into my house on the soles of her feet or am I over thinking this?
I came to the conclusion I'm not any fun anymore and I bought the princess boots.
She loved them. Really loved them.
The only frugal thing about this entire activity is the fact that the Disney Boots actually cost less than the High Quality Purple Boots.