So, I’ve become a little obsessed with the Royal Wedding. OK, let me rephrase/reframe that. I’ve become obsessed with other’s people’s obsession with the wedding and with everything wedding-related and princess-y.
Like so many pop culture phenomena, I don’t quite get it. Although I’ve been reading some very interesting analysis of why people (especially women) are interested in princesses, the British Royal family and the lingering memory of Diana.
I think that, for all intents and purposes, I had a fairly normal childhood. My parents read me fairytales and took me to see disney movies. But, I never dreamed of my own wedding. Never dreamed of my Prince Charming.
I have no idea why.
Which has me wondering… Are the little girls who play pretend princess and fantasize about big, fluffy wedding dresses more marriage-minded as adults? Do they put husband hunting before career and self-development?
And do the little girls who, like me, skip those games, NOT prioritize getting married? Could the random fact that I never played pretend bride as a child have something to do with my ambivalence about marriage. Or am I thinking too much again?
Here’s one thing I do know, I’m never going to have kids but I could have stepkids one day. And if I had a stepdaughter who suddenly became obsessed with princesses, I’d probably do everything I could to get her interested in a sport or a musical instrument. Something else.
Tags: marriage, wedding