We just got back from our President's Day Weekend vacation at Circus Circus Reno. The kids got to see several circus acts, including a dog show, juggling, and some amazing acrobatics. When I asked them which one they liked best, Natalie was unsure; she liked all of them. But Philip and James were quite clear: they liked the acrobats. Why? Because they were "sparkly girls".
Philip and James have always had a crush on sparkly girls. I'm not sure who coined the term, Philip or Graham, but every time they see a showgirl in a glittery costume, they shout "Sparkly Girls!!", and sit with goofy grins on their faces. They will sit through any show on tv featuring beautiful girls: So You Think You Can Dance, Miss Universe. The girls actually don't even need to be wearing sparkles; after the Victoria's Secret fashion show aired, they watched it on TiVo several times. At last fall's Arthritis Expo, a troupe of retired ladies performed a tap dance routine. Age didn't matter, only costumes: the boys acted as though they were Victoria's Secret models themselves.
Boys have been making sheep's eyes at sparkly girls since the beginning of time, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But at such a young age? Is this 3-year-old puppy love genuine? Is there somthing innate in little boys that they find these girls so interesting, or could they just as easily been attracted to unicorns? Whatever the cause, it is easy to guess how long this crush will last; their dad enjoys looking at sparkly girls as much as they do!
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