21.7.08

An open letter to Polly Pocket


Dear Ms. Pocket,
This is a letter of apology and of gratitude. I will admit, Ms. Pocket, that the first time I laid eyes on you, I thought you were a cheap, nasty plastic toy that came accessorised with multiple choking hazards. I discounted you as rubbish, hardly hiding my disdain, which I'm sure you found very hurtful. How wrong I was.
As we enter week five of the summer holidays, a period during which our household has been blighted by contagious diseases, lightning strikes and dodgy weather, you alone have proved reliable, safe and an unbelievably creative force on my children's imaginations. Who, other than Sylvester Stallone, Tom Cruise or perhaps Kylie, could have thought something so diminutive (and dare I say inanimate) could hold such power?
Polly, (I hope you don't think me too familiar now as I reach my third paragraph) I admit that I tried to replace you with an inflatable paddling pool, a trampoline, Nintendo DS and even books, but have realised that these objects are no match for your personal brand of allure. You are a hero amongst mass-produced Chinese toys!
I used to disapprove of your vast fleet of environmentally-damaging cars, camper vans, planes and helicopters, all in lurid colours, but no more. I'll admit to being slightly envious of your extensive fabulous shoe collection which I have to bend down hundreds of times a day to clear from the floor, while squinting at accessories smaller than my pinkie's finger nail. I try not to get irritated when you use my bathroom sink as a bath, but wonder if perhaps you could cut back on the vast amounts of liquid hand soap you use as bubble bath. Just a suggestion.
But you're worth all of this almost imperceptible trouble. My girls may emerge at the end of this summer looking pale, bleary-eyed, unwashed and hungry despite my pleas to bathe and eat, such is their devotion to Polly world, but their mother will emerge sane (well no crazier than before the summer at least), without having had to resort to trips to HoppeLoppeHell, interminable games of memory game (like last summer), or even much conversation.
As I pack for our trip to Ireland, I am of course reserving space for you whom I now consider to be as essential as nappies, 10 pairs of high heels (mine, not yours) and Aidan's favourite sippy cup to a successful (i.e. one without attempted filicide or the need to drink enough to end up in rehab just to cope) holiday. I'm afraid you'll have to leave your private jumbo jet behind but hope you'll understand the baggage constraints of travelling with the masses.
Finally, I'd like to say 'thank you' for teaching me a lesson about the dangers of judging plastic dolls shorter than Tampax, with dubious plastic hairstyles and retro taste in plastic clothing, by appearances. I was wrong to give you away the first time you were gifted to us. By goodness, am I glad you gave us a second chance. You are my hero.
Yours sincerely,
A Chastened, Grateful Mother

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8 comments:

Aidan said...

Wow, your blog is on fire, Beautiful little tribute, might buy some for my cailíní if they work that well....

Five-Browns said...

Amen and amen sista.

Thriftcriminal said...

Nice. I have 2 girls and can totally relate.

samual said...

Polly Pocket has nothing on Barbie! Polly Pocket toys are lost within minutes of opening the packaging, at least with Barbie you can super glue her and Ken in unseemly positions before her head falls off

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ireneintheworld said...

great stuff jo. and yes, anything that works - there should be no snobbery it if keeps them quiet and interested. x

Gill - That British Woman said...

Hi and thanks for popping by my blog. You are a great writer and really enjoyed your post about Polly. Oh those little darlings and all their bits and bobs. My hoover just loved them, I can still hear the WHOOSH when those little shoes went up the hoover.......oh those were the days,

Gill in Canada, who by the way is not the other Canadian mentioned in the other post ;0)

ExpatKat said...

Hi Jo - thanks for stopping by my blog.
Wow, Polly has grown since I knew her. From the pics she appears to be of a size that doesn't get sucked up the hoover! We still have all the mini Polly Pockets (which were major choking hazards) from 10yrs ago. Time to clear out the closet I think.

OSLO said...

Thank you to all who commented on this posting. Those who said nice things about my writing get extra polly pocket points :) Didn't realise that these darling dolls - six of whom I've just rescued from the garden after an apparent mass suicide from the terrace. In fact, throwing them to their doom was Aidan's idea of fun. See, even boys get some satisfaction out of these darling dolls. expatkat - I'd no idea that they had been around so long - they've aged incredibly well; I suspect cosmetic surgery. Gill - identify completely with the shoes going up the vacuum cleaner; trying not to make PP shoeless adds an extra frisson of excitment to an otherwise mundane and relentless chore. Samuel - you are so wrong about Barbie. She's boring. When was the last time you changed her hair (as opposed to hairstyle) like you can with some of the Poly Pockets?