Watching Princess Kate on the “telly” with her impeccable manners, fantastic clothes, and her jet setting life style it’s hard for a girl not to think, wouldn’t it be grand to be a princess? Always perfect, always poised and pretty, but… what if you just aren’t that type of girl? What if you prefer messy spaghetti to neat finger sandwiches; and overalls to long gowns? Can you still be a princess?
I have two wonderful daughters. Two daughters, two girls, two VERY different people.
When my oldest daughter was little she was a princess loving freak! She wore dresses and tutus and loved anything that glimmered and shined. She watched Ariel and Jasmine and Belle over and over; beautiful (and overly priced) dolls littered the hallways and stairs of our home and she dreamed of one day actually living in her own giant, pink, plastic, elevator-equipped Barbie Dream house.
My younger girl…not so much. Most days it’s all I can do to get a brush through her hair, and she barely made it through one year of ballet class. This little girl spends much of her time being a Ninja warrior, and for her birthday this year she wants Legos (not the pink ones), an extra large plastic container of orange cheese puffs, and karate lessons (God help us).
It takes all kinds of girls, and thank goodness for that.
So for my two girls, and for the millions of girls in this world, those that are quiet and those that are loud, those that are graceful and those that are not, those that dream of being princesses and those that already are, I wrote this little rhyming picture book.
Some princesses wear high heels, shiny and new.
Some princesses wear flip-flops, or red running shoes.
Some princesses walk slowly, their heads held up high,
Some princesses like to skip, leap and soar to the sky!
Some princesses’ attend grand balls and waltz all about.
Some princesses rock the drums and totally jam out!
Some princesses play croquet, gently tapping the ball.
Some princesses play baseball, hitting one up, Up, UP…
and over the wall!
Some princesses eat sandwiches, with the crusts all cut off.
Some princesses crave tacos, or spaghetti with sauce.
Some princesses watch their manners and try not to slurp,
(but all princesses pass gas and ocasionally burp).
Some princesses’ dress in long gowns covered in jewels.
Some princesses wear overalls, with pockets for tools.
Some princesses have hair that’s always shiny and neat.
Some princesses have hair that just FREAKS out in the heat!
Some princesses make a mess, and have maids put it all away on a shelf.
Some princesses have moms that say, “Princess, go clean that mess up, YOURSELF.”
Some princesses have brown skin, some freckly, some fair.
Some princesses wear eyeglasses, some use a wheel chair.
Some princesses may be quiet, while some are quite bold,
but all girls are princesses, with hearts spun from gold.
No matter who they are or what they like to do;
ALL girls are princesses, especially,
Anne Sawan 2014