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If you were a beloved children’s character, which one would you be?
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This question caused me to pause for a moment. My daughter calls Ariel of The Little Mermaid Fish Mama, because we look alike. I also have some resemblance in hue and attitude to Merida from Brave. Side fact: Merida is voiced by an actor with the same first name as myself.
I didn’t think, however, that this was a sufficient answer. I wanted to get a little deeper and to hone in on the beloved aspect. The character should be one that has had long standing for generations. While I could compared to Bingo from Bluey in many ways, this animation hasn’t had the longevity that earns beloved children’s character in my esteem. There is no doubt that she will, eventually.
Now, most of the other characters from long-lived children’s literature that I compare with are side characters with a great deal of obscurity. Of course, I am referring to Peter Rabbit‘s sisters. I also refer to Fiver in Watership Down. I do love Fiver and really feel a connection to him and his situation, as well as his uncanny sense of danger. Yet this is only a minor aspect, or limited facets, of myself.
The character I think that I would be is well-meaning, a bit bumbling, quite curious and almost never came to exist. If his authors had not escaped Europe during World War II, I wouldn’t be able to reference him today. Had my dad gone off to war, I likely would not have come to be either. So, we have that connection.
So who is this character?
The other reasons I leaned toward George is his good nature and desire to learn. He is well-meaning in all that her undertakes. He is curious about the things around him and wants to learn more, but it almost always turns into a cluster for him. He’s struggling to understand human culture and behavior, rather torn from his environment. I can so relate to that. Even though I was clearly born into humanity, I have felt apart–an observer or cast-out. Though I attempt to do the best I can, be of help, satiate my curiosity, or find myself included, it gets rather mauled up somehow. Thankfully, George and I are still loved by our families, and our curious natures are encouraged.
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