Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Why I don't Hate Minnie Mouse

This past Halloween Lana once again dressed up as Minnie Mouse. We did this for a couple of reasons. 1) We had the costume from last year and it still fit, and 2) That girl loves her some Minnie Mouse.

Sure, she's perpetually perky and her giggle gets a bit annoying, but after seeing some of the cartoon characters idolized by little kids these days, I've come to the conclusion that Lana could do a LOT worse (SpongeBob anyone?).

So, as a public service as well as a bit of self-defense, here's a list of reasons why I do not hate Minnie Mouse (as gleaned from watching several episodes of Lana's favorite (and only, really) TV show):

1) Minnie Mouse is helpful. During every episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse there is some type of problem to be solved. Mickey is usually the central character, but the one with the best, and most helpful ideas and suggestions is usually Miss Minnie herself.

2) She's a team player. Sure, Minnie might have the best ideas, but she doesn't demand credit for their success and celebrates with the team without making it all about her.

3) Minnie Mouse is modest. In her clothing choices (she wears BOTH a top and bottom), as well as her actions (she's certainly not the overly flirtatious fame-whore that Daisy is) Minnie is the perfect example of modesty.

4) She's always looking out for her friends. In one episode she made Minnie-strone soup for an ill Goofy to help him feel better. In another she hung on to a floating-away Daisy so she wouldn't be scared and alone. There are dozens of similar examples of Minnie exhibiting loyalty and faithfulness to her friends.

So, in a nutshell, that's why I don't hate on the Minnie. Yes, I know soon enough Lana will outgrow Miss Mouse and move on to princesses and then on to I-don't-know-what, but for now, we're enjoying the pure and innocent world where Minnie Mouse is the best.

Other parents, help me out here. Did your daughter go through different phases of character adoration? What ones did you like? What ones drove you crazy?

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