I think little girls liking horses has become less common only as little girls have been deluged with Disney Princess paraphernalia. And make no mistake, the Disney Princess love is strong in the hearts of Jane’s daughters.
Last Saturday I got Dick to help me with our church kids activity. Chrysanthemum helped us pitch a big tent in the primary room, and Dick dressed up as King Benjamin (a Book of Mormon prophet-king like Solomon in the Old Testament). We joked that I was “Queen Benjamin” in my Egyptian gallabeya, and Susan wanted to be a Nephite Princess. In her squeaky, excited voice she confided: “I’m going to be Sleeping Beauty Nephite Princess.”
And Spot helicopter-parents her Jasmine and Snow White dolls (apparently she suspects that Rachel down the street harbors Disney-figurine kleptomania).
But Sally has fallen in love with horses. She draws horses whenever she’s not reading about them, and begs to ride the ponies at Farm Country. She has decorated every inch of her room with equine art, printed off the internet and colored or traced from her special “How to Draw Horses” book.
I almost hope she’ll move on to unrequited boy crushes before Dick has to sell a kidney and build a corral in the backyard.