"Mommy, can you play with me?"
I looked up from my Very Important iPad Time and regarded Mary, who had just whirled into the living room like a tiny blonde tornado. It wasn't even noon yet and she and her sisters had already been outside for hours, had a snack, destroyed two bedrooms (my God...the toys...I swear they're breeding at night) and gone through the bookshelf.
"Sure, honey, what are we playing?"
I smiled. "Princesses" with Mary still mainly revolves around saying which princess you are, talking about your dress and then forgetting the game entirely in favor of something else. (Goldfish crackers, puzzles, tinfoil...)
"Okay, who am I?"
"You can be Rapunzel! And I will be Ariel. Do you know the Rapunzel movie really, really well?"
No, honey, that was someone else who sat through "Tangled" seventy five thousand times before you finally turned your affections to "Brave."
"Sure, Mary," I reply, thinking, well, maybe this time we're actually going to play something.
"Okay, because you have to do the right things, just like in the movie." Okay then!
"In the movie, Rapunzel's hair glows," Anna said, eyeing me critically from her position at the other end of the living room, where the Little People princesses were sitting around a toy table, upon which several of the Seven Dwarves were perched in a bizarre tableau.
"Her hair. It glows." I could see her assessing my shoulder length red hair for long, blonde or glowing qualities and it coming up lacking.
"It's okay, Mommy, you don't have to do EVERYTHING like the movie," Mary assured me, tilting her head and smiling sympathetically. Lily and Gigi continued playing with the toy house, ignoring this casting session gone awry.
"Thanks Mary," I said, as she skipped off. "Um...where are you going?"
"I'm gonna go play Hi-Lo Hamsters," she said brightly.