Monday, October 15, 2007

"I Yam What I Yam"

It's funny how kids very much are what they are straight from the get go. Sure we raise them and feed them and school them and nurture them, but there's a whole bunch of is-ness that just comes pre-packed in their embryonic little acorn selves.

I've decided to analyze my darling little acorns in terms of what sort of literary/entertainment realms they would naturally inhabit.
Louise: Charlotte Brontë (with a splash of Edward Gorey)

There's something in Louise that hearkens to another century—a sometimes-serious young lady tending towards careful social observations and independent-minded pursuits: nature walks, reading, crafts, elaborate (sometimes eccentric) couture.* (Plus a Victorian Gothic component—a marked interest in the morbid, and a giant-eyed stare that would be well cast in an ominous 19th century costume drama: "Okay, give me 'the look'. Hold it... hold it... queue the raven!") And then all that's mixed together with a whole bunch of plain old goofy, silly little girl.

June: Vaudeville

June is a natural ham. If she does something and somebody laughs, she'll do it again, even if she has no idea why it's funny. And her aesthetic is very twenties/thirties—a bit of Charlie Chaplin, a bit of Laurel and Hardy, maybe some tap dancing. (I can easily picture her with a top hat, tails, white gloves, and a cane: "rat tah ta da da dah!") The voices, the faces—she even does that talking-out-the-corner-of-the-mouth thing like Popeye and the Lollipop Guild.
Maybe when they grow up they can form an acting company reknowned for its daring slapstick reinterpretation of Jane Eyre.

* Though she's recently toned down the Björkian garb.

3 comments:

  1. What luck for Junie that she can get home-schooled in jazz hands!

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  2. Anonymous8:02 PM

    Have any nicknames stuck yet for the two?

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  3. Louise: Lulu, Lala. (And every now and then I like to throw in a George Jefferson-style "Wheezy!")

    June: Junie, Junebug, Diablita. (And before she got her hair cut, I was calling her "Lego" because it looked like the little helmet hair on those Lego figurines. Or sometimes "Joey" because she looked like the fifth Ramone--though really it was more Johnny-esque.)

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