the source of all fighting these days

March 23, 2009 |  Category:   family life

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It started before Claudine was born when Mia and I found 2 medium size My Little Ponies in a freebox in the neighborhood. I never played with My Little Ponies when I was a kid and never had a horse obsession like some girls that age, so it never occurred to me that she may like them. A few months later at a visit to the toy store, I admit to being enticed by the saturated colors and miniature models of sweet cakes and desserts in this over-the-top ice cream shoppe (I am a complete sucker for play food). It was the first “girly” toy purchase I ever made. Mia wasn’t into dolls or dressing up at that point, so I thought it was interesting that she chose this as her special toy. By the time Claudine came along and was old enough to play with the ponies, we had amassed a little village of saccharin sweet houses and accessories with more ponies and play food. They’ve named them all, going by the little tattoo images on their butts and they both narrate the ponies’ adventures in high-pitched “falsetto” voices. When a friend of mine came over and revealed that he knew everything there was to know about the ponies, including proper names and personalities because he worked on the Hasbro account at R/GA, Mia flipped and developed a funny little girl-crush on him.

The girls play with the ponies every single day, sometimes for hours, so despite all the annoying little pieces that get spread around everywhere, it is money well spent. This, however, also means that there is a lot of fighting, hoarding, screaming, stealing and miserableness for everyone. This kind of sibling fighting is new to me, folks. My brother and I are 6 years apart so he could care less about my limited edition collectible Cher doll (yes! I didn’t have a Barbie, but I had Cher). The only thing we remotely fought over was the Atari or Commodore 64, but you know, we’d just compete against each other so it was all good. But 2 little girls fighting over plastic, technicolor ponies? Kill me now.

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  • unha March 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    hehe. funny. time will tell for me. ava has started grabbing just about anything jinu plays with. (well, vice versa. sigh) at least, ponies will go through two kids for you. am afraid jinu will go cold turkey on trains one day. who knows, maybe ava will be totally into them.

  • Mery March 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Just like you I didn’t have a Ken and Barbie, I had a Donny and Marie Osmond =)

  • Sarah March 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Oh man, brings back memories. My sister and I were three years apart and constantly fought over toys when we were little. We had a couple My Little Ponies… but not enough for a stable. My favorite was white with a rainbow mane and tail. My sister cut it’s tail off and tried to flush her down the toilet. I also recall my mom saying, “What’s a pegacorn?” And I was like, “Mooom… it’s a half pegasus half unicorn. Duh.” LOL But I was more into Strawberry Shortcake and then Barbie when I got a bit older.

  • Kitty March 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Oh I had My Little Ponies!
    In fact they are still at my parents house, in a box.

    But some of names Hasbro called the ponies are rather out there…

  • Jenna March 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Sarah, lol.

  • nichole March 23, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I can absolutely relate to this. If you substitute “Automoblox” cars for ponies, it’s exactly the same.

    Fight, hoard, scream, scratch, steal, whine, moan. All day long.

  • Lingna March 23, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I love My Little Ponies as a kid, watched their cartoons and had those ponies to play with. I couldn’t resist buying a tee with My Little Pony on it when I shop nowadays. It’s really nice to reminisce those good old days.

  • Tumus March 24, 2009 at 9:49 am

    LOL since I’m the oldes tof 5 I played with the MLP (my little ponies) and my brothers would attack the pony castle with their dinosaurs. I can’t remember fighting a whole lot over them, but there were always alot of dead ponies afterwards which would make me angry and cry πŸ˜†

  • Becca March 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Just to let you know, I’ve left you an award on my blog, pass it on πŸ™‚

  • sara March 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    i never had one but i hope my little girl will

  • Lisa March 24, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    see how talented you are. i detested my little ponies when i was a girl but your photographs actually make them look adorable. πŸ˜›

  • carolyn March 24, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Charlie and Pema have drawn blood over My Little Ponies. They are (were) big in this house too. Now the battle is over Hot Wheels race cars and, strangely, simple wooden blocks with pictures on them that we got when Pema was a baby!

  • Stella March 25, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Oh, I had forgotten about My Little Pony! I looooved mine and my sister and I were very caring for our individual stashes. We tried to incorporate them with Barbie play, but that didn’t work so well.
    Even with the pony fighting, I guess be thankful the toys don’t make noise. πŸ™‚

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