It may be because Sophia seemed to be born talking that I haven’t focused quite as closely on Karina’s precocious verbal capacity. It’s also probably because Karina distinguishes herself from her older sister by being the comedian. She harnesses all her “cute” energy and is more actively funny. She works it! Not yet three, she sings and dances through life, deftly stealing attention whenever she spies an opportunity to make heads turn. I think there’s a stage in her future! It’s not uncommon to find her whirling and twirling to her own dance–even in the middle of a mall food court. Then once in a while, with a glint in her eye and a very clear expectation that I’m going to laugh, she’ll say something surprising!
In December, quite out of the blue, Karina referred to me as “Your Majesty!” Where in the world did that come from? We aren’t sure. Perhaps she picked up the “royal assignment” from one of the many princess stories she enjoys. Of course I laughed, which to a performer means, “Oh, you liked that? Then I should repeat this often.” She has indeed again referred to me as “Your Majesty,” complete with a slightly demure bow and hushed tone to match. Her eyes sparkle with humor, however.
And yet she doesnt even know– I have a thing for royalty!
Many, maybe most of my been-in-my-home friends would be completely surprised to know that I am an ardent Anglophile. I’ll take it one step further. All things British interest me, but in particular the monarchy. Not just the long history of Kings and Queens, but the current Royal Family. I don’t talk about this much–I’ve noticed that when I do, eyes glaze over.
My interest started as a very young girl. My paternal grandmother was born in Scotland and came to the United States in her teens. I have very early memories of sitting in my grandparents’ living room with the television on and my grandmother commenting very favorably, almost reverently about the Queen Mother. This was often repeated, with her saying, “She’s a grand lady!” or “She’s a lovely woman.” She was also extremely fond of the hats! I had to ask her on more than one occasion to help me keep all the players straight. Who was the Queen? Why is she married to a Prince, not a King? Now we’re calling him a Duke? Who are her children? Where are the princess dresses?
She did her best to teach, and the more I learned, the greater my interest in the Windsors.
Nana kept buttons and small pieces of yarn in imported candy or cookie boxes with the Queen’s image smiling back–a bit like the Mona Lisa smile, I think. When my grandmother passed, many of her commemorative items came to me, starting me off on a modest collection. Thanks to the easy accessibility of Ebay, along with the fact that apparently I’m in a small minority of Americans collecting royal memorabilia, I’ve added quite a few pieces, many connected to the Queen’s coronation celebration. While adding to this collection I honed in on the date, 1952, on many of the china cups, pitchers and commemorative plates. Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her 60th year (her Diamond Jubilee), and as I’ve been heralding all month, my 60th birthday is next week. Since I’m such an admirer, I think this is a very lovely coincidence. Or is it a sign?
I just finished a newly published biography of the Queen as well as the official biography of her mother, my grandmother’s favorite Royal. To my disappointment, but not surprise, I don’t find many opportunities to share with others the interesting things I’ve learned by reading and studying about the House of Windsor. My brother likes to remind me from time to time that although we share a grandmother, he does not share my interest in the monarchy. More than once he has said,”You did hear we were in a little war, right?” I usually respond with, “Yes, I think I’ve heard of it!”
So there you go! It’s a good thing I can keep myself amused.
Next week I’ll share more about another of my British interests…you may have heard of them. The Beatles? I’m gearing up to take my celebration party on the road and good for me! I’ll be spending time with the Beatles. Now where might that be? You’ll have to wait to hear more.
I have a full weekend of revelry planned, but I’m NOT going without my CROWN.
It may come in handy later when I’m not feeling all that regal. Right now? I’m pretty full of myself. I’ll be back in balance after next Tuesday, however. I’m just about ready to return to being “good old dishwashing” Nan!
- The Diamond Queen and why you either love her or hate her (spectacularsentience.wordpress.com)
- Queen’s 60thAnniversary Begins (lezgetreal.com)
- Diamond Jubilee: What the Queen’s life is like behind the palace doors (sacratomatovillepost.com)