When Princess Charlotte is every 3-year-old
Did you hear the comment Princess Charlotte made to paparazzi as she left her baby brother's christening?
"You're not coming," she apparently remarked to waiting photographers.
And as she proceeded out of the chapel to the reception, she kept a watchful eye on the photographers.
Can't you hear your preschooler saying that? (I sure can.)
This party, this cake we've been promised, this whole event is NOT. FOR. YOU.
You tell 'em, Charlotte!
I enjoy following the royal family -- partly because I adore the way their children are dressed.
I've blogged before about my love of collars on children's clothing, especially a classic Peter Pan collar.
But lately I've been equally charmed by the frill collar, the style Princess Charlotte wore to the July 9 christening, which has a similar effect but feels a bit more playful. (Good Housekeeping predicts the blue smocked dressed is likely from Little Alice London, Pepa & Co. or Amaia Kids.)
However, though I come for the picture-perfect fashion, I stay for the refreshing glimpses of reality. I love when the royal kids act like regular kids.
So my favorite takeaway from the christening, beyond the fun photo of the well-dressed family of five, was Princess Charlotte's comment.
It also delights me when Prince George appears utterly unimpressed by a royal affair because -- again -- #normalkid.
How often has your preschooler not cared ONE BIT about something an adult deems important? And offered a response -- or, more likely, the kind of non-response -- to said adult that makes this crystal clear?
(Deep down, isn't that refreshing? Kids don't put on pretenses.)
My favorite moment of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding was this one, when the flower girl turned flamingo:
Parents, can't you relate?
There's something about a special event or a long line that causes a 3-year-old's limbs to give out. The weight of those few pounds of leg becomes unbearable, and suddenly Mom is the only available support system.
You can polish and preen them all you want, but kids are still just kids.
I love that.
Christina Ries is a freelance writer who lives with her husband and three young children in Inver Grove Heights. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: E! News and Daily Mirror