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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

If the Shoe fits!

It is a world renowned fact that Jr. is the three millionth, four hundred and thirty five thousandth, two hundred and fourth, avatar of Cindarella!

Although she was born five plus years ago, she realized that she was doll incarnate, only a few months ago in downtown Santa Barbara, where she had gone with her family on a magical vacation. It is when she had "the shoe fit" moment.

The story began in the year 2002. A beautiful girl was born in the land of Silicon. Her dad named her Jr. and as days went by, when her life was chronicled in great detail by her dad, she was understanding something very profound. She was just another girl. She had always wanted to be a princess from the time she was born.

Everywhere she turned, she saw them. Those girls on TV, DVD's, toys, cousins, little girls who showed up at their door on Halloween, with their puffy white and pink gowns, tiaras and little "princessy" staffs which looked very much like magic wands made in bulk somewhere in a land far away. She wanted to be one herself, "so so so much!".

She grew up, learnt to speak and eventually read and write and found out all about Cindarella, the mother of all Princesses! Oh the beauty, the grandeur, the advertising. It was all pervasive and the trips to Disneyland only made her longing even more serious. That was when she found out about the shoe. She needed glass slippers, with the Disney castle logo and "Made in China" written on the bottom to make her a princess, and it had to be worth it. "King daddy should be able to fork out a fortune to see if they fit, should he not?" she told herself.

That is when the evil mother and evil grandmother came into the picture. "Cut, Cut, Cut!" Jr. said. "There is only a fairy godmother in Cindarella. No evil mother and grandmother! You are confusing Snow White and Cindarella Daddy!", she said.

Her daddy just laughed. "Honey, we are living in 2007 and you are a Desi Kid. Of course there will be mothers and grandmothers in the story. Learn to deal with it!", came the reply.

Just as Jr. would try any shoe at any store as she went from zero to five years old, her maternal lineage would chip in with "VaLarra Kuzhandhai! Rendu size perusa Vaangungo. Veetukku porathukkula shoe chinnada poidum", which was the Tamizh equivalent of:

"Salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put 'em together and what have you got

and when translated to English with a heavy Tamizh accent meant,

"She is a growing child! Buy two sizes bigger. By the time we buy a shoe and go home, the shoes we buy become too small for her feet!"

Junior would never become Juniorella in her first five years. She would be seen flopping around in shoes, slippers, sandals, glass slippers, etc. which were either too small for her or two sizes bigger. Till that night!

Oh, how could she forget that night! They had gone on a beautiful vacation to Santa Barbara and were about to return home the next morning when her shoes just gave in. It was cold outside and the entire family just rushed to the nearest "payless" shoe store for fear of her catching a cold and ruining the new year celebration with the cousins!

Jr. went through a bunch of shoes which were either too expensive, not her size, not her color, not her type, not her mothers type, not her grandmothers type, not nice enough to make her sister jealous, too boyish, too cheesy, too open for winter, too high tech , too low tech, and on and on and on.

It was almost like the Cindarella story. The only difference was that in the original the same shoe was "tried" by a zillion girls before it found the right girl, and in the Juniorella version, the same girl was "tired" trying a zillion shoes before she found the right shoe!

That is when she saw it. The thin, simple, silver and black "D" shoe. It was actually a Champion shoe which for some weird reason had the "C" written like a "D". Daddy told her that the C was for Cindarelli, but she called it the D shoe and when she walked up and down that aisle, for the first time she realized, "It fit!"

Mother and Grandmother promptly started singing..

"Salagadoola rendu suththoola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo
Put 'em together and what have you got
romba chinna shoe.."

The store was about to close. Everyone had been sent out. The "Open" sign was changed to "Closed" and the big but nice African American lady who managed the store came up to daddy and said "Sir. We are closing as soon as you decide!". Time was running out. The whole payless store was about to turn into a nightmarish experience for Jr. at the stroke of 8:00. When there were only a few seconds left and the extended family was almost out of the door, Daddy took the box and Jr., whipped out his credit card and said "ring it up!"

As the clocks chimed eight times...

out walked "Juniorella"!


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 3:06 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

LOL ! Daddy seems to be getting to be a pro in spinning real life from fable !!

ring it in ! Wonderfully written !

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

This is hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh. "Veetukku poradhukulle chinnadha poidum" is so classical and precious :)))

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 7:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Lol- good story.

Yeah we are all obsessed with Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales.

Have you ever considered getting her to read Robert Munsch books?
I try to buy all the little girls I know this one particular book by him, it is called the "Paper bag princess."

I think you will like the story, she might not warm up to it immediately but slowly but surely the idea will be engraved.(At least that is my hope). Try it and tell me what you think.

by the way, the child that I work with(6 years old) is currently in love with Princess and the Pea, she'll read the entire story, smile and with pride tell me that when she grows up she will get a Husband. *Rolls her eyes*
The girl still has difficulty with the 'you', 'I' concept, yet she likes the word husband and prince.(she's autistic, we try not to expose her to too much Disney stuff and still we end up with a very girly child who likes dressing up as a princess!)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 9:11 AM, Blogger dipali wrote...

Your narrative skills, Sundar, are just amazing:)
I'm sure Juniorella is one very happy little girl....

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Hi Sundar,

I've been a regular reader of your posts - Juniorella was too good ! Now that we are going to be parents for the first time by Nov this year - the posts about your kids really interest me. Thanks, Shalini Jerome

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 6:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

I'm getting your posts introduced to my husband Jerome - I'm sure he'll enjoy them too...
Good reading for new parents..to visualise what the future hold for them..

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:34 PM, Blogger PVS wrote...

wonderfully written...

Hope Juniorella enjoys her shoes :)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:45 PM, Blogger Unknown wrote...

Kavi, UTBT, Dipali and PVS, thanks for the comments..

for a picture of the shoe, see this photo


sivajini, will read that book
Shalini, welcome to the comment space. hope your hubby enjoys the posts...

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:41 AM, Blogger dipali wrote...

Sundar, I could only see the soles!

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

nice post..
especialy the poetic stroke, bbidi-bo-bib .. :)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 4:14 PM, Blogger Swetha wrote...

haha!! nice post!! wait till she becomes a teenager and asks for a "zillion" shoes to go with her outfits!!


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