Act one, Scene one:
This scene begins at the arts and craft shop which we shall refer to as the Hob.
Toddler: mummy can I have the bunny rabbit hat?
Mother: hmmm, let me see how …
Toddler: it’s pink mummy, I like pink. Pink is my favourite colour.
Examining the said hat for worthiness of purchase, mother concedes the purchase.
Mother: I know love, well I guess you can have it, it’s not expensive.
Toddler: Thank you mummy, can I hold it?
Walking round the shop with toddler, said hat and baby pram. Mother and crew approach an aisle filled with an array of crafts material designed to keep mother and child busy.
Toddler: mummy can I have these stickers?
Mummy: no love, you have some at home already.
Toddler: but it has lots of pink.
Mother: silently wishes for a wand to obliterate the colour pink. “Does it?”
Toddler: Yes mummy.
Mother: hmmm, how about this colouring kit? Look it has pink and purple!
Toddler: I don’t like that one, I want the sticker mummy.
Mother: I can’t get the sticker you won’t do much with it, come on chose one of these, I promise it will be fun.
Toddler accepts the offer because her favourite colours are there.
This scene ends on a positive note as mother and crew leave the shop after having spotted another sticker for half the price of the previously spotted one. Toddler is also very happy as people compliment her on her new bunny hat.
Act one scene two:
This scene takes place in a new shop, we shall refer to this shop as Ten-x.
Toddler: mummy can I have the pink top
Mummy: let me see…. hmmm it’s nice love but it’s not your size.
Toddler strolls away towards another rack.
Toddler: mummy! squealing with excitement. Mummy come, come and see this one.
Mother approaches toddler with a wary smile, knowing it would be another pink item.
Toddler: it’s a flutter shine top and it’s PINK!!
Mother smiles, looks at the price tag.
Mummy: sweetheart we can’t get this today, mummy will get it later for you when it’s on sales.
Toddler: no mummy I want this one, let’s buy it now.
And thus, the bright warlord known to you and I as the colour pink sets the stage for a good meltdown. Riding on its noble pony Flutter shine, pink sets to war, tuning up the toddler’s emotions, making the mothers effort to soothe or correct the toddler futile. Toddler cries till they leave the shop, mother works hard to stay cool and collected while wiping nasal gulp intermittently. Baby wakes up stirring up with confused eyes at his big sister. Passers-by send pitying looks at the half wailing, half distressed crew of three.
Mother and crew approach the bus stop
Toddler: mummy I have finished crying now.
Mummy: totally surprised by toddlers calm declaration, pauses mid-stride. She is surprised by the following:
- the realisation, that perhaps on some level the toddler was aware that they were crying for the wrong reasons.
- her ability to stay calm and watch the vibrant display by the pink warrior and her noble steed .
- her ability and that of the toddler to push the sudden disaster into the recess of their mind, going on to enjoy a nice day in the sun.
Moral of the story: sometimes a good cry is all we need to rid our hearts and minds of life’s disappoint. Even when we know that our desires aren’t realistic, it’s still okay to mourn the loss of that dream/ that expectation/that hope. However, it’s not okay to live in the land of lost dreams.
Act two, scene one
Mother and toddler walk past said top in the shop again.
Toddler: mummy see! It’s the flutter shine top
Mother, slightly apprehensive.
Toddler: you’ll buy it for me later.
Walks on. Mother breathes out slowly.
Mother prays for the toddler, that her hopes and dreams in life never suffer death. That she will never regret the act of delayed gratification. That toddler will never doubt her love for her.