Friday, June 19, 2009
Skull and Crossbones
So I'm not sure where my son got it, but he has plastered his own rendition of a skull and crossbones on his door, barring those "less-desirables" from entering his domain. The only problem is that his sister also lives in his room (or pirate ship...it changes from day to day). So far she has been considered part of the "present company excepted" clause of the piratical edict, so she hasn't been made to walk the plank.
Sometimes I don't understand why pirates are so interesting to kids. They're basically beggars and thieves who couldn't eke out a living on land, so they decided to hit the ocean and give it a shot there. They end up eating moldy bread, drinking stale water, abstaining from the amusements and society of landlubbers (which is a term pirates themselves made up for people who live on land because of jealousy and because they couldn't come up with something better like "poohead"). So now you get virtuoso actor Johnny Depp and the kid who likes to shoot arrows and wear long (pretty) wigs and the Bend It Like Beckam costar who make pirates popular, and pretty soon you have every kid putting up skulls and crossbones on their bedroom doors.
I'm looking forward to when ninjas become trendy again.