For nearly a year, my daughter’s favorite television show has been My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has bombarded us with requests to watch it, and as is typical with children’s’ shows, she has acquired plenty of toys and clothing with the ponies’ likenesses on them.
The worst part was that the obsession could have been avoided had a little more attention been paid to the day care schedule.
Last year on Columbus Day, Mrs. Cutter’s office was closed, so she thought that would be an ideal day to schedule a doctor’s appointment. The day before the appointment, it dawned on her that day care would also be closed, which meant that someone would need to watch the Cutlet.
As it turned out, day care was actually open. Mrs. Cutter had apparently known this at one point, and that is why she had scheduled the appointment for that day in the first place. But I didn’t learn this until later that evening.
Since my employer didn’t feel that Columbus Day was a holiday worth closing for, I was at work. I told Mrs. Cutter to drop her off at my office, figuring I could plop her in the corner with the iPad while I got my work done.
This plan was thwarted when Mrs. Cutter forgot to bring along the iPad. (It really wasn’t her best day) Fortunately, my co-worker had a Netflix account, so we set her up in front of a computer and scrolled through the available TV shows.
“Ooh, look! A show about ponies. Would you like to watch that one?”
And so it began.
Apparently, the adventures of Twilight Sparkle and friends really struck a nerve with her. Up until that point, her favorite shows had been The Cat in the Hat and Team Umizoomi, but those were soon overshadowed by the new Pony obsession. It felt like every time she was left idle for more than a few seconds, we’d soon hear her ask: “Can I watch My Little Pony?”
We soon amassed an impressive quantity of MLP episodes on the DVR. I usually try to keep busy while she’s occupied with the television, but it’s frightening just how much of this show I’ve seen. It really hit home when Mrs. Cutter asked a question about one of the ponies, and I rattled off a five-minute explanation. As a result, Mrs. Cutter bought me this shirt:
Last month, when she spent a week visiting her grandparents, the Cutlet was faced with a bit of Pony withdrawal. Without a queue of ready-to-watch MLP episodes on the DVR, the Cutlet was forced to watch some new shows. I think she may have sampled every show that Nick Jr. and the Sprout network had to offer. Inevitably, a new favorite show was discovered: Super Why!
Super Why! chronicles the adventures of the Super Readers, a group of superheroes who help solve problems using the power of reading. Or at least that’s what I think is going on. I try not to pay too much attention to it. (Although that hasn’t prevented Mrs. Cutter and I from finding ourselves absent-mindedly singing some of the songs from the show.)
Honestly, of all the shows she could have chosen, this one is pretty good. It’s not insanely annoying like some children’s’ shows (Calliou!), and it is actually has some educational value since it helps children learn reading skills.
While I approve of the show, I do have my limits to how much I’ll allow her to watch. If it was up to the Cutlet, she’d be watching this show 24-7. Here are a couple of our conversations from the past week:
“It’s time for bed.”
“Can I watch Super Why! before bed?”
“Do you want to go to the playground?”
“No, I want to watch Super Why!”
On a cute note, once we got her to go to the playground, she wanted to wear a cape so that she could fly around pretending to be one of the Super Readers.
I know that I shouldn’t get too used to Super Why! Soon enough, she’ll find something new that strikes her fancy, and she’ll move on to the next obsession.
In the meantime, is it strange that I find myself sort of missing the Ponies?